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Uber Faces Berlin’s Wrath as Car-Sharing App Flouts Ban

Uber Technologies Inc., the ride-hailing application that’s rankling taxi drivers from Boston to Tokyo, defied a ban in Berlin, risking a 25,000-euro ($33,000) fine every time it transports a customer in Germany’s capital.

Berlin’s senate yesterday prohibited the smartphone app, arguing that passengers who use the service aren’t insured in case of accident. Uber will challenge the ban “as soon as possible,” Fabien Nestmann, a company spokesman, said by phone.