Facebook Patents

Facebook, Inc. operates a social media website and mobile app that enables people to connect, share and discover opinions, ideas, photos and videos. The company also owns Instagram, a mobile application for sharing photos and videos, as well as WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application.

Facebook Patents by Type

  • Facebook Patents Granted: Facebook patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Facebook Patent Applications: Facebook patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170177643
    Abstract: Techniques to configure media packages are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a client support component operative to receive search term information from a client device at a server device; and configure the client device with a selected one or more high-priority media items; a media server search component operative to transmit the search term information to a plurality of media servers; receive a plurality of media items from the plurality of media servers in response to the transmitting of the search term information to the plurality of media servers; and select the one or more high-priority media items from the plurality of media items based on priority weights; and a media item evaluation component operative to assign the priority weights to each of the plurality of media items. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner, Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20170180222
    Abstract: Techniques to detect foreground processes are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a client data reception component operative to receive a series of active process lists from a plurality of client devices via the networking interface controller on the server device; a graph construction component operative to construct a plurality of active process graphs based on the active process lists, wherein each client device is associated with a single active process graph, wherein each node in each of the plurality of active process graphs corresponds to an active process on an associated client device, wherein each pair of connected nodes in each graph corresponds to a concurrence of an associated pair of active processes on an associated client device; and a graph analysis component operative to determine foreground processes based on the constructed active process graphs. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Roee Eilat, Omri Gindi
  • Patent number: 9684935
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes presenting a comment icon in connection with a third-party application, the comment icon being associated with a first party and enabling a user to compose comment concerning the third-party application; and while the user is interacting with the third-party application, in response to the user activating the comment icon, creating a comment post concerning the third-party application; enabling the user to input comment inside the comment post; and enabling the user to submit the comment post to the first party for publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Matas
  • Patent number: 9684936
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for providing local favorites are described. In some embodiments, the method entails receiving an indication from a first user of the social network of a local favorite to add or change on the local favorites page for a particular geographic location, updating the first user's local favorites page based on the received indication and storing the updated page in a database of the social network, and creating and publishing a posting regarding the first user's updated local favorites page on the social network on behalf of the first user of the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly Stonelake, Thomas Brown
  • Patent number: 9686577
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining available media content from one or more content sources and providing at least a portion of the available media content for display in a programming guide on a display device of a user. The programming guide includes a plurality of entries each associated with one of the available media content. The method further includes determining that an update action button should be displayed on the display device, providing the update action button for display on the display device when it is determined that the update action button should be displayed, and updating the programming guide in response to a user selection of the update action button. The update action button is operable to cause the social-networking system to update the programming guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Colin Cameron Campbell, Gregory John Moeck
  • Patent number: 9684695
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a first set of scored results from a first user, the scored results comprising one or more results generated by a first search algorithm in response to a query from the first user, wherein the one or more results correspond to one or more content objects, respectively, the one or more results being personalized for the first user; and one or more scores inputted by the first user corresponding to the one or more results, respectively, calculating a discounted cumulative gain for each result in the first set of scored results based on the score inputted by the first user corresponding to the result, and modifying the first search algorithm based on the calculated gain for each result, wherein the first search algorithm is modified to improve the ranking of results personalized for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sankar, Kihyuk Hong
  • Patent number: 9686663
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can determine a geographical area associated with a crisis. A first user within the geographical area can be identified based on locational data associated with the first user. Information about a safety status of the first user can be actively requested or acquired from the first user. The safety status of the first user can be broadcasted, communicated, or provided to at least a second user associated with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Michael Cottle, Sharon Zeng, Jean Carla Ablaza Echevarria, Jasmine R. Friedl, Cameron Chuk Hing Wu, Brian Paihan Sa, Abhishek Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9684851
    Abstract: A arbitrated image classifier can be trained to identify whether an image contains specified features, such as sexual, violent, or other potentially objectionable content. An arbitrated image classifier can include a configuration of classifiers and an arbitrator that determines a final image classification based on classification results from the classifiers. An arbitrated image classifier can be trained to identify image features by dividing images labeled as including or not including a specified feature into portions, which are provided to the classifiers of the arbitrated image classifier. The arbitrator of the arbitrated image classifier can determine a result for whether or not the image includes the specified feature. If the final result does not match the image label, parameter values for various of the classifiers or the arbitrator combining procedure can be adjusted. A trained arbitrated image classifier can then be used to determine whether new images include the particular feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Abdulmageed Mohammed Abdulkader, Giridhar Rajaram
  • Patent number: 9686088
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a user places a mobile device (e.g., a smart phone) facing downward on a table. A process running on the mobile device determines an orientation of the mobile device (i.e., a facing downward orientation), and determines that the mobile device has been in the facing downward orientation for over a threshold period of time (e.g., 3 seconds), then the process automatically selects a “Quiet” notification profile, and turn off the mobile device's display, without additional input from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Matthew Cahill
  • Patent number: 9686453
    Abstract: Pivot mechanisms for tracking cameras are disclosed herein. A tracking camera assembly includes a camera head having a housing and a pivot joint disposed within the housing. The pivot joint fitting is configured to rotate with respect to the housing. A cable is in electrical communication with the camera head and is fixedly coupled to the pivot joint fitting and extends away from the camera head. A stand pole is fixedly coupled to the pivot joint fitting and extends away from the camera head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Jason Tompkins, Simon Morris Shand Weiss, Peter Wesley Bristol, Enric Vial Roig
  • Patent number: 9686337
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine a first media device of a first user of a social-networking system and determine a second media device of a second user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems access a social graph of the social-networking system, update the social graph based on the determined first and second media devices, and stream media from the first media device to the second media device using the updated social graph. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes, the nodes including user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system and concept nodes that are each associated with a particular media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Harry Garcia, Brian Krausz, Erick Tseng
  • Publication number: 20170171132
    Abstract: Techniques for ephemeral message are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a delayed-action worker module operative to wake according to a wake timer; determine a current update object for a delayed-action cursor for a recipient update queue for a messaging system, the delayed-action cursor associated with an action delay for the recipient update queue; determine a delayed-action activity for the current update object; perform the delay-action activity for the current update object; determine a next update object for the delayed-action cursor for the recipient update queue; and determine a next wake timer for the delayed-action worker module based on the action delay and a creation time for the next update object. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Steiner, Jeremy Fein, Erik Murphy-Chutorian, Ting Yang, Pierre-Luc Bertrand, Neil John Fulwiler
  • Publication number: 20170171131
    Abstract: Techniques for ephemeral message are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a sender inbound messaging component operative to receive an incoming update for a message queue at a client support server for a messaging system from a messaging client on a client device; a legacy client support component operative to determine whether the messaging client supports a client-side time-to-live setting; determine whether the incoming update should be associated with a server-specified time-to-live setting where the messaging client does not support the client-side time-to-live setting; and assign the incoming update the server-specified time-to-live setting where the messaging client does not support the client-side time-to-live setting and where the incoming update should be associated with a server-side time-to-live setting. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Steiner, Jeremy Fein, Erik Murphy Chutorian, Ting Yang, Alvin Portillo
  • Patent number: 9679044
    Abstract: Users of a social networking system are assigned to households using prediction models that rely, in part, on user profile information and social graph data. Information about users may be received by a social networking system through various channels (e.g., declared/profile information, user history, IP addresses, Global Positioning System (GPS) data from check-in events and/or continuously provided by mobile devices, external household information, and/or social information). Scoring models may use statistical analysis of the received user information to predict household membership for users. User attributes, such as previous names, date of birth, social graph data, locations, life events, and check-ins, may be factors in generating confidence scores of predicted household memberships. Weighted scoring models may use machine learning methods for measuring the accuracy of the household membership prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Bruich, Bradley Hopkins Smallwood
  • Patent number: 9679024
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a search query, determining if a bloom filter indicates an n-gram of the query does not exist in a set of object names associated with a vertical, identifying variant-tokens for each n-gram that does not exist in the set of object names, generating unique combinations of the n-grams and variant-tokens, where each unique combination includes a variant-token corresponding to each n-gram that does not exist in the set of object names for the n-gram, calculating a confidence score for each unique combination based at least in part on the search query and whether the unique combination exists in the set of object names, identifying objects matching each unique combination, where the unique combination has a confidence score greater than a threshold confidence score, and sending a search-results page responsive to the search query to the client device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Douglas Hegerty, Daniel Bernhardt, Feng Liang, Agnieszka Anna Podsiadlo
  • Patent number: 9679080
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph that includes a plurality of nodes and edges, receiving an unstructured text query, identifying nodes and edges that correspond to n-grams of the text query, accessing a context-free grammar model, identifying grammars having query tokens that correspond to the identified nodes and edges, determining a score for each identified grammar, and then generating structured queries based on the identified grammars based on strings generated by the grammars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yofay Kari Lee, Michael Benjamin Cohen, Maxime Boucher, Alisson Gusatti Azzolini, Xiao Li, Lars Eilstrup Rasmussen, Kathryn Hymes, Amy Campbell
  • Patent number: 9678953
    Abstract: Computer-based systems and methods are disclosed for translation of a multi-media presentation (e.g., a lecture) along with the accompanying presentation materials. Translation and delivery of text-based presentation materials to a listener is annotated and aligned with audio, so that the listener can follow both the audio and the presentation material. The content of the presentation materials can be used to improve presentation translation, as it extracts supportive material from the presentation materials as they relate to the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Waibel
  • Patent number: 9678944
    Abstract: Particular embodiments may store, at a client device, information associated with nodes and edges of a social graph. A node may comprise a user node or a concept node. Each node may be connected by edges to other nodes of the social graph. A first user may be associated with a first user node of the social graph. The client device may receive a character string from the first user, and identify, as the first user inputs the character string, an edge-type based on the character string and one or more edges of the identified edge-type, wherein the edges are locally stored on the client device. The client device may display one or more predictive typeahead results based on the identified edge-type and the identified edges. The predictive typeahead results may correspond to nodes stored locally on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen Ashok Gandhi, Jasper Reid Hauser, Luke St. Clair, David Harry Garcia, Jenny Yuen
  • Patent number: 9679361
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media acquire an image captured with a mobile device. Motion sensor data of the mobile device at or near a time when the image was captured is acquired. An angle of rotation is computed based on the motion sensor data, and the image is transformed based on the angle of rotation. In another aspect, a user interface enables user control over image transformation. The user interface enables user control over rotating an image on a display at two or more granularities. A point of rotation may be user-defined. Rotated images may be scaled to fit within a viewing frame for displaying the transformed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Restrepo, Kevin Systrom
  • Patent number: 9678621
    Abstract: Navigating on a display includes tracking motion of an input tool on a display, comparing a motion of the input tool to a threshold, and changing a position of the visible portion of a page of information on the display if the input tool motion exceeds the threshold. The position of the visible portion of the page of information on the display is constrained if the motion does not exceed the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Luigi Lira
  • Patent number: 9678741
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device may execute software from a first portion of memory of the computing device. The computing device may download from a server a new version of the software. The client computing device may receive instructions from the server to request an over-the-air (OTA) download of the new version of the software. The instructions may be an out-of-band message. The new version of the software may be installed into a second portion of memory of the computing device, and the new version of the software is executed from the second portion of memory. The download of the new version of software may be pursuant to a manifest for the download to determine whether the computing device may download the new version of software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Gueorgui Nikolov Djabarov, George Francis Hotz, Shaheen Ashok Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9679583
    Abstract: An audio identification system determines whether a portion of a sample of an audio signal includes silence and generates a test audio fingerprint for the audio signal based on the presence of silence. In one embodiment, the audio identification system uses a value indicating silence for a portion of the test audio fingerprint corresponding to the portion of the audio signal that includes silence. When comparing the test audio fingerprint to reference audio fingerprints, the portion of the test audio fingerprint including the value indicating the presence of silence is not used. In another embodiment, the audio identification system replaces the portion including silence with additive audio and generates a test audio fingerprint for comparison based on the resulting modified sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergiy Bilobrov
  • Patent number: 9679313
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request for a multimedia object from a mobile-client system of a first user, wherein the request comprises http-header information of the mobile-client system, determining one or more attributes of the mobile-client system based at least on a social-graph information associated with the first user and the http-header information, wherein determining the one or more attributes comprises calculating a probability score the mobile-client system has the one or more attributes by comparing the social-graph information associated with the first user and the http-header information with a database of a social-networking system, and sending the multimedia object to the mobile-client system in response to the request, the multimedia object being customized based on at least the determined one or more attributes of the mobile-client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenqi Shao, Alex Bain, Yingyi Liang, James Sadewhite, Tsz Kuen Ching
  • Patent number: 9679336
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes implementing an ad hoc network protocol comprising transmitting, from a first mobile device, one or more neighbor messages that includes a first user identifier corresponding to a first user of the first mobile device, wherein the first user identifier corresponds to a user account of the first user in a social networking system, receiving, at the first mobile device, one or more second neighbor messages from one or more second mobile devices that include second user identifiers corresponding to respective second users of the one or more second mobile devices, wherein the second user identifiers correspond to respective user accounts of one or more second users in the social networking system, and storing, at the first mobile device, information received in the one or more second neighbor messages for access by one or more applications hosted on the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, David Harry Garcia, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig
  • Patent number: 9678730
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a decision tree is evaluated in interpreted mode while statistics are collected. The decision tree is then represented as source code, and each decision in the decision tree is annotated with instructions determined based on the collected statistics. The source code is compiled into machine code, and the machine code is optimized based on the instructions annotating each decision in the decision tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Dunn, Rafael L. Sagula
  • Patent number: 9679078
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph comprising nodes and a edges connecting the nodes, receiving from a first user a query inputted at a search client, the search client being associated with context data from a page associated with the search client, such that the context data identifies one or more nodes associated with the page, generating search results corresponding to the query, wherein each of the search results corresponds to a node, and scoring the search results based at least in part on the context data associated with the search client. The context data may identify a social context of the page, which can include tags, comments, likes, commenters, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Vora, Allan Stewart
  • Patent number: 9679600
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a cold storage system that processes an input/output (I/O) request. The cold storage system can have a buffer rack and one or more archival storage racks. The buffer rack can be closer to an I/O drive of the cold storage system than the archival storage racks. The cold storage system can operate a fetcher robot to pre-fetch a first data storage medium from the archival storage racks to the buffer rack. The cold storage system can operate a buffer robot to move a second data storage medium from a slot in the buffer rack to the I/O drive. The cold storage system can execute, according to the I/O request, an I/O operation on the second data storage medium at the I/O drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 9680789
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying one or more first users of the social-networking system that are connected to a second user within the social-networking system; inferring one or more applications of interest to the second user based at least in part on information associated with one or more applications installed on one or more client systems of the first users; generating one or more recommendations corresponding to one or more of the applications of interest to the second user; ranking the recommendations based on social-graph information of the second user relative to the one or more first users; and sending one or more of the ranked recommendations to one or more client devices of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Ishwar Murarka, Philip Fung, Raghavendar Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 9680692
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for registering a recursive watch on a node in hierarchical data structure. Embodiments of the disclosed technique may include (i) receiving a request to register an event listener on a source node, the source node being one of a plurality of nodes that are related to each other in a hierarchy; (ii) registering the event listener on the source node, the event listener configured to notify a client of an occurrence of a first event in the source node; and (iii) if the source node has a descendant node in the hierarchy, setting the event listener to notify the client of an occurrence of a second event in the descendant node without requiring registration of another event listener on the descendant node. Each of the nodes may represent, for example, a logical partition of a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Liu, Vishal Kathuria
  • Patent number: 9680990
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social networking system determines a user identifier of a caller placing a call to a receiving user based on the call's phone number, accesses one or more data stores for information associated with the caller, and present to the receiving user the information associated with the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Brandon Marshall Walkin
  • Patent number: 9681162
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can define a set of video quality levels. One or more social engagement signals associated with videos uploaded at each video quality level out of the set of video quality levels can be acquired. Information associated with each user out of a set of users can be acquired. A respective video quality level for each user can be determined based on at least one of the information associated with each user or the one or more social engagement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Eran Ambar
  • Patent number: 9681166
    Abstract: Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery are described. In one embodiment, for example, an emotion detection component may identify at least one type of emotion associated with at least one detected emotion characteristic. A storage component may store the identified emotion type. An application programming interface (API) component may receive a request from one or more applications for emotion type and, in response to the request, return the identified emotion type. The one or more applications may identify content for display based upon the identified emotion type. The identification of content for display by the one or more applications based upon the identified emotion type may include searching among a plurality of content items, each content item being associated with one or more emotion type. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Barak Reuven Naveh
  • Patent number: 9680929
    Abstract: In one embodiment, accessing a set of multimedia objects stored on a first computing device; initiating upload of the set of multimedia objects to a second computing device; and while the set of multimedia objects is being uploaded to the second computing device, receiving metadata entered by a user and associating metadata with each of one or more multimedia objects from the set of multimedia objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9680947
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive a first plurality of actions from a first entity with respect to a first plurality of objects. A global object related to each of the first plurality of objects is determined and a representation of the global object is displayed in association with a representation of the first entity. Additionally, in response to receiving user feedback on the representation of the global object displayed in association with the representation of the first entity, an instance of the global object that is unique to the first entity is created. The displayed representation of the global object is converted into a representation of the instance of the global object that is unique to the first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Rose Yao, Lincoln Hochberg, Brian Jay Thomas, Naitik H. Shah, Arthur G. Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9681099
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving from a first group member a request to initiate a multiplex live communication with members of a group, wherein the first group member belongs to the group; sending a notification to each of one or more second group members notifying the one or more second group members that a multiplex live communication among members of the group is underway, wherein the one or more second group members belongs to the group; receiving one or more requests from a first subset of the one or more second group members to join the multiplex live communication; initiating the multiplex live video communication between the first group member and the first subset of the one or more second group members who requested to join the multiplex live communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Donald Deets, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9672021
    Abstract: An online system allows a user to provide information for accessing the online system to a third party system, which communicates the information to the online system. Based on the received information, the online system determines whether the user is authorized to access the third party system. Additionally, the online system determines whether an application is associated with the third party system. When determining whether an application is associated with the third party system, the online system may also account for characteristics of a client device associated with the user. If an application is associated with the third party system, the online system sends information for installing the application to the client device associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Cross
  • Patent number: 9672574
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social-networking system authenticates a user of a mobile device, receives a request from the mobile device to install a software application, transmits data to the mobile device comprising the software application and an installation identifier (ID), receives another request including the installation ID from the mobile device to authorize the software application, evaluates the installation ID for validity, and transmits yet another response to the mobile device in accordance with the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alison, Micha Berdichevsky, Bosmat Eldar, Shashank Pandit
  • Patent number: 9674653
    Abstract: Techniques to manage client location detection are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a location-based services support component and a client management component. The location-based services support component may be operative to determine that a network service is scheduled for a location update from a mobile device, determine a location accuracy based on the network service, and update the network service with a received location of the mobile device. The client management component may be operative to transmit a location request to the mobile device, the location request specifying the location accuracy determined based on the network service and receive a response to the location request from the mobile device, the response comprising the location of the mobile device conforming to the specified location accuracy. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Andrea Vaccari, Yuntao Jia, Pierre Moreels, Matthew Robert Mallozzi, Gabriel Grise, Islam Ismailov
  • Patent number: 9672284
    Abstract: Groups of users of a social networking system are categorized based on their association with a type of malicious activity. A set of predetermined malicious groups is identified. Users associated with the malicious groups are selected based on their level of interactions with the malicious groups. Other groups associated with the selected users are identified as being potentially malicious groups. The potentially malicious groups are further analyzed based on occurrences of keywords associated with the type of malicious activity and manual verification by experts. The potentially malicious groups are either classified as being malicious or non-malicious or assigned a score based on their likelihood of being associated with the type of malicious activity. The methods and system disclosed can be used for categorizing other types of social network objects based on their association with a type of malicious activity, for example, users, events, and content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Leon Kelmenson, David Stewart Willner
  • Patent number: 9674149
    Abstract: A system and method may handle the supervision of the connectivity of a virtual private network (VPN) of a mobile device that is configured to connect through a plurality of network interfaces. A server may configure the mobile device to send a request for data item. The server may track the response of the mobile device to the request. According to one embodiment, the VPN may not be connected through a preferred network interface, while such interface is available. In such case, the data item may be routed through the preferred network and therefore not received by the VPN server within a predetermined period of time. According to another embodiment, the server may identify an internal IP address of the data item. The server may be configured to determine the current network interface based on the internal IP address. The server may disconnect the VPN to permit the VPN to reconnect through the preferred network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Roi Tiger, Gadi Elishayov, Eran Friedman, Lior Tubi
  • Patent number: 9674135
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a social networking system identifies a user viewing video content on a first display device, identifies the video content being viewed on the first display device by the user, and determines a second display device associated with the identified user. The social networking system sends one or more instructions to the determined second display device to display one or more chat messages associated with the identified video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, David Harry Garcia, Mark Heynen, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 9672496
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems directed to detecting objects in user-uploaded multimedia such as photos and videos, determining the location at which the media was captured, inferring a set of users of a social network who were physically present at the time and place of capture, and pushing remarketing content to the set of inferred users for the detected objects, or alternatively, the competitors of the detected concepts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Mitchell, Samuel Odio, David Harry Garcia
  • Patent number: 9674440
    Abstract: Systems and methods for digital video stabilization via constraint-based rotation smoothing are provided. Digital video data including a set of image frames having associated time stamps and a set of camera orientation data having associated time stamps may be provided. A smoothed set of camera orientation data may be generated by minimizing a rate of rotation between successive image frames while minimizing an amount of empty regions in a resulting set of smoothed image frames reoriented based on the smoothed set of camera orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Karpenko
  • Patent number: 9674751
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a portable, networked, computing device comprises a processor, a plurality of radios, and a memory. The device may be operable to pair, by at least one of the radios, with a device associated with a user. The device may then monitor, by one of the radios, a signal for a connection established with a first network. When the device determines that the signal for the first network has dropped below a threshold level of quality, it may enable access point mode for at least one of the paired devices by turning on a radio to establish a connection with a second network and thereby providing connectivity to the second network for the at least one of the paired devices. If multiple networks are available, the device may select an optimal network based on an assessment of one or more factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael G. Maguire, Giovanni Coglitore, Caitlin E. Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9674291
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technology for publishing subscriptions in a publish-subscribe system in accordance with subscription groups. The technology may include (i) determining a consumption characteristic by which each of multiple subscribers in a publish-subscribe system consumes a subscription published by a publisher; (ii) identifying the subscribers whose consumption characteristics satisfy a specified similarity criterion; (iii) defining multiple subscription groups, each of which includes subscriptions of those of the subscribers whose consumption characteristics satisfy the specified similarity criterion; (iv) storing the subscriptions in multiple logical partitions of a storage system where each of the logical partitions contains a separate non-overlapping subset of the subscriptions; and (v) transmitting the subscriptions to the subscribers in accordance with the subscription groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry C. Li, Philippe Vincent Ajoux, Laurent Demailly, Liat Atsmon Guz, Yee Jiun Song, Sabyasachi Roy, Sanjeev Kumar
  • Patent number: 9674304
    Abstract: Techniques for substituting references to content shared within the social networking system. In an embodiment, a first reference to a first version of content is received. A second version of the content is selected based on at least one optimization objective. A second reference to the second version of the content is created for provision to a user of a social networking system. The second reference is provided for the user. The at least one optimization objective includes at least one of a business objective, a technical objective, and a legal objective. The content may include at least one of video and audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hunt, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9667807
    Abstract: Techniques for dynamic zero-rated server clusters are described. Some embodiments are particularly directed to techniques for delivering zero-rated content packages in which different client devices with different zero-rated content packages may receive their appropriate zero-rated content using a shared cluster of zero-rated servers. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a network access component operative to receive a user request at a network service from a client device via a data network, wherein the network service is rate-adjusted for the client device with the data network; and respond to the user request; and a rate-adjustment management component operative to access a rate-adjustment wallet for a user account for the user request; and configure the network access component to respond to the user request based on the rate-adjustment wallet. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Pacifici, Zixiao Zhang, Timothy Irish Bauman, Breno Pompeu Roberto
  • Patent number: 9665765
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing an image portraying at least a first person, accessing a social graph, determining a social-graph affinity for a first set of users, determining a facial-recognition scores for the first set of users based on the social-graph affinity for each user and a facial-representation associated with each user, where the facial-representation for each user is compared with the image, and generating one or more tag suggestions for the first person portrayed in the image based on the facial-recognition scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Barak, Yaniv N. Taigman, Gil Hirsch, Jorn Martinus Johannes van Dijk, Dirk John Stoop
  • Patent number: D789361
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kashif Ali, Philip Bourgeois, Charles Putland, Aaron Neuhauser
  • Patent number: D789384
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lin, Ryan Lin, Alex Douglas Cornell