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'Take the long way, I'm downloading a file'

Driver Mizan Rahman showed off a new Yahoo!-ad-emblazoned taxi last week in San Francisco.

It's more than a rolling billboard.

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A fleet of such cabs - a joint endeavor of Internet giant Yahoo!, Luxor Cab Company, and the city's Taxicab Commission now offers passengers mobile Web access.

On-board NEC laptop computers, equipped with wireless modems, let riders surf the Web and fire off e-mail in traffic using a range of Yahoo! applications.

Passengers will also be pleased to learn that the perks don't add to their fare.

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