Caspio Selected by Hearst Newspapers for New Series of User Applications

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Caspio's platform-as-a-service will power more interactive experiences on Hearst newspaper web sites.

Caspio, Inc. (http://www.caspio.com), provider of the leading on-demand platform for web applications, today announced a customer relationship with Hearst Newspapers. As a result, Hearst newspaper web sites nationwide will soon feature more interactive databases, web applications and other added experiences designed to make the sites even more useful and entertaining to visitors.

"We are delighted to welcome Hearst Newspapers as the latest of the world's leading publishers to standardize on the Caspio platform," said Caspio founder and CEO, Frank Zamani. "Hearst Newspapers has ambitious plans for the future. We believe we can help Hearst accomplish its technology goals -- and in the process, help provide its millions of readers with an unforgettable web experience."

Hearst will use Caspio's web database platform, Caspio Bridge, to deploy online database applications without programming on its many popular web sites including the San Francisco Chronicle's (http://www.sfgate.com) and the Houston Chronicle's (http://www.chron.com). Hundreds of newspapers and television stations have already experienced dramatic boosts in new readers, page views and advertising revenue by using Caspio Bridge to publish searchable databases and web applications such as interactive school guides, home sale reports, automotive directories, and self-service ad placement portals. Today Caspio powers web applications for hundreds of media sites and over half of the top 100 American newspapers.

Caspio has offered the Caspio Bridge hosted service since 2001, with more than 150,000 web applications built to date.

About Caspio Media Services
Caspio Media Services, a division of Caspio, Inc., offers strategic digital media products and services tailored to meet the needs of newspapers, magazines, broadcast and other online media. Solutions include the Caspio Bridge wizard-driven framework for rapid database publishing, custom application development, rich community-based applications, third-party integrations such as mapping and data feeds, syndicated databases, reverse-publishing tools, and training services that empower non-developers to quickly capture, publish and manage data online. News organizations can learn more about Caspio Bridge at http://www.caspio.com/media.

About Caspio, Inc.
Caspio Inc. (http://www.caspio.com) is the world's leading on-demand web application creation platform. The company's philosophy is to empower business users to create and deploy web databases, forms and applications easily and without programming. Caspio's on-demand platform replaces coding with intuitive point-and-click wizards, enabling users to rapidly produce web database components for capturing, publishing and managing data online. Caspio shrinks development time from weeks to hours and from thousands of dollars to a small monthly fee. Caspio's customers range from one-person entrepreneurs to Fortune-500 corporations, digital media giants, government agencies, and educational institutions.

About Hearst Corporation
Hearst Newspapers is a division of Hearst Corporation (http://www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media companies. Its major interests include ownership of 12 daily and 31 weekly newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle and Albany Times Union; as well as interests in an additional 47 daily and 38 non-daily newspapers owned by MediaNews Group which include the Denver Post and Salt Lake Tribune; nearly 200 magazines around the world, including Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations through Hearst-Argyle Television (NYSE:HTV) which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, The History Channel and ESPN; as well as business publishing, including a joint venture interest in Fitch Ratings; Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate.

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