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New Yorkers can now hail Internet-enabled taxicabs on the city streets.

Yahoo has got into bed with Medallion Financial Corp and Team Systems Corp to kit out ten cabs with mounted Palm Pilot VIIs connected to the Web.

The purple and yellow fleet, complete with Yahoo's name splashed on the outside and purple upholstery on the inside, will be hurtling round the city until March in a pilot programme. Passengers taking the cabs will be able to surf for news, weather, sports reports for free, AP reports. Access to Yahoo email and financial news is also in the pipeline.

This is Yahoo's second fleet of Internet-enabled taxis - the first were put on the streets of San Francisco last September for six months. ®

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