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Want to launch an app startup in Costa Rica? Read this first

The startup world is going crazy for apps in Costa Rica, as around the globe - but real estate on your little screen is more expensive than most hopeful entrepreneurs care to consider. "Doing Business" takes a look at the challenge of creating a solution that people will actually use.

People-rating app sparks firestorm

Creators of an app that will let people assign ratings to those they know vowed to launch as planned next month despite online outrage at the idea.

Yes, Uber Costa Rica is still illegal, says transport ministry

Despite the government’s opposition to the ride-hailing service, it has yet to decide on an enforcement strategy that would keep Uber vehicles off the road in Costa Rica.

Live photo-sharing app Heygo has roots in Costa Rica

Claudio Umaña always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and last year he got his chance. The 36-year-old electrical engineer got a phone call from an old friend from their time together at Intel in Costa Rica with an idea for a smartphone application. Umaña hopped on an airplane and moved to Barcelona, Spain, soon after to get in on the ground floor.

Costa Rica will not block Uber, says presidency minister

Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro told reporters during a press conference Tuesday that blocking Uber is not a viable solution to the controversy. “This administration is not against technological advancement,” Alfaro told reporters.

Costa Rican police leadership denies targeting Uber drivers 

“Members of the union, who are traffic officers, have the right to have their own opinion about the legality or not of Uber but they do not have the right to not comply with their duties and disobey orders,” Traffic Police Commissioner Mario Calerdón said.

Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2

Aspiring Uber drivers carved out a few hours of their Mother’s Day holiday Saturday to learn about the ride-hailing service as it waits for a green light from the government to start operations in Costa Rica. The company could start operating any day.

Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines

Vice Minister of Transport Sebastián Urbina told La Nación that any cars operating with Uber would be considered “pirates” and could face fines of ₡99,000 (roughly $185) and lose their plates.

Costa Rica Supreme Court: You have a right to WhatsApp

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled in favor of an appellant whose employer ordered him to shut down a private WhatsApp group chat named after the clinical laboratory at the Max Terán Valls Hospital in Quepos, Puntarenas.

Earthquake app launched for Costa Rica

A new app developed by University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network provides confirmed magnitude, depth and location information about earthquakes. The app is available for download at Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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