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Milan taxi drivers march against Silicon Valley ride-app Uber


By Naomi O’Leary and Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) – Striking taxi drivers marched through Italy’s second city Milan on Thursday in protest against app-based ride service Uber, a Silicon Valley prodigy that has drawn furious opposition as it seeks to become a global force. Demonstrators demanded that the authorities crack down on ride services that taxi drivers say are illegal, and banners held by protesters and draped over cabs made it clear the main target was the increasingly prolific Uber, a smartphone-based service that connects users to their nearest chauffeured car. Valued at $3.5 billion and with investors including Google Inc, Uber is considered one of the hottest properties in Silicon Valley.

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