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.

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  • Patent number: 9602965
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by one or more computing devices of an online social network, receiving, from a mobile-client system of a first user of the online social network, geographic-location information associated with the mobile-client system. The method further includes identifying multiple candidate place-entities associated with the online social network that correspond to the geographic-location information, where each candidate place-entity is associated with a particular geographic location. The method also includes determining, for each candidate place-entity, a confidence score based on the geographic-location information associated with the mobile-client system and a location-probability distribution associated with the candidate place-entity, where the confidence score represents a probability that the first user is located at the candidate place-entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kalis, Justin Moore, Jan Kodovsky, Aaron Bryan Adcock, Danielle Rothermel, Zhong Wang
  • Patent number: 9603013
    Abstract: Beacon devices may transmit beacon messages to alert an application on a mobile phone of the beacon device's proximity. An encrypted authorization may be used to prevent malicious attacks. Unfortunately, some operating systems, e.g., the iOS™ operating system, strip data fields in service Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) from a received beacon message before the message is passed to the application. Various embodiments provide a protocol wherein the beacon device successively transmits a first beacon message (e.g., an iBeacon™ message) and a second Bluetooth® Low Energy broadcast message. The first beacon message alerts the application of the beacon device's proximity and identity while the second message contains the encrypted authorization and possibly any additional information relevant to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mateusz Marek Niewczas, Manish Modi
  • Patent number: 9603059
    Abstract: Techniques for generating and providing on-demand customized mobile data services are described. A technique may include receiving application usage data at a data package service; analyzing the application usage data to obtain analyzed data; designing one or more data service packages according to the analyzed data, each data service package to define a set of parameters to manage access to a cellular data network; presenting one or more data service packages to a client device; receiving a selection of a data service package from the client device; and uploading a policy associated with the selected data service package to a data access server. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Lauri Jaakko Vuornos, Joonas Emil Hjelt
  • Patent number: 9602541
    Abstract: A social networking system allows entities to delegate actions performed on behalf of the entity to social networking system users by assigning one or more roles to social networking system users. Roles may be assigned based on information associated with the entity by the social networking system. Different roles are associated with sets of permissions specifying actions a user associated with a role is authorized to perform on behalf of the entity via the social networking system. Certain permissions of a role associated with the user may be associated with additional users by the user. A persona including a subset of information associated with a user by the social networking system may be created for a user assigned a role, allowing the user to limit information accessible to additional users connected to the persona.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kar Hong Wong, Benjamin K. Billings, Joshua D. Williams, Cameron Chuk Hing Wu, Christopher Triolo
  • Patent number: 9602605
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for more effectively and easily sharing on a social networking system digital content obtained from an external system. In one embodiment a user selects a control for sharing content from the external system that causes a sharing request to be sent. The sharing request is received by the social networking website, and an interface is presented to the user requesting sharing parameters. The user provides sharing parameters through the interface that are received by the social networking website. Content is retrieved from the external system and is transmitted to one or more destinations in the social networking website based at least in part on the sharing parameters. The sharing parameters may include selection parameters for indicating which content to share, formatting parameters for specifying how to format the content, and destination parameters indicating particular destinations in the social networking website for the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wang, Akhil Wable, Oswald Soleio Cuervo
  • Patent number: 9602468
    Abstract: Techniques to authenticate a client to a proxy through a domain name server intermediary are described. In one embodiment, for example, a client apparatus may comprise a data store and a network access component. The data store may be operative to store a network configuration file, the network configuration file containing a client-specific secret. The network access component may be operative to transmit a communication request from the client device to a proxy server, the communication request directed to a destination server distinct from the proxy server, and to receive a response to the communication request from the destination server based on a determination by the proxy server that the client is authorized to use the proxy server, the determination based on the client having previously sent an encoding of a client-specific secret to a domain name server embedded within a lookup domain of a domain name request. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Lior Tubi, Dekel Shmuel Naar, Gahl Saraf, Guy Yonish, Roi Tiger
  • Patent number: 9600167
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes detecting one or more user interactions, associated with a user of a computing device, each interaction occurring at a region associated with an input value, and determining, for at least one user interaction, that the at least one user intended to provide a different input value. Adaptation information is generated for the at least one user based on the at least one user interaction. The adaptation information is stored for the at least one user. A user interaction is detected at a region. The user's intended input value is determined based on the user interaction and the adaptation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jasper Reid Hauser, Luke St. Clair, Jenny Yuen
  • Patent number: 9600393
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a computer server implementing a splitter engine to perform testing of a pre-production version of an application service against live traffic. The splitter engine can receive a client request for a live application service. The splitter engine can generate a live response by processing the client request through a live instance of a production engine. The splitter engine can select one or more request processors to process the client request and a processing order based on a request type of the client request. The splitter engine can process the client request through the one or more request processors according to the processing order after responding to the client request with the live response. The splitter engine can compare states of at least two of the production engine and the one or more request processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ittai M. Golde, Maher Afif Saba, Charity Hope Majors
  • Patent number: 9600503
    Abstract: Techniques provided herein allow for management of data. In various embodiments, systems and methods prune and retain data being managed by a data management system, where the managed data can include log data aggregated from one or more servers for analysis purposes. According to some embodiments, pruning can be triggered according to one or more constraints, such as the age of managed data (e.g., retain only 30 days of managed data) or the memory space required to store the managed data (e.g., retain only 100 GB worth of managed data). The constraints that trigger data pruning can be based on a data retention policy. When triggered, pruning can be performed on a fraction of the managed data stored based on the data retention policy (e.g., 3 days of full managed data, 27 days of pruned managed data). The pruning may be performed by sampling, at a desired rate, the managed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleksandr Barykin, Josh Metzler, Lior Abraham
  • Patent number: 9600453
    Abstract: Multimedia content is featured on user pages of an online social network using embed codes that are generated using a configuration file associated with the source ID for the multimedia content and a content ID for the multimedia content. The configuration file, the source ID and the content ID are stored locally by the online social network so that any changes to the embed codes can be made by changing the configuration file associated with the source and regenerating the embed codes. By managing multimedia content in this manner, greater control can be exercised by the online social network over the multimedia content that are featured on its user pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Tiu, Jr., Jeffrey J. Roberto
  • Patent number: 9600583
    Abstract: The compatibility score of members of a social network is based on the compatibility of their expressed interests. The compatibility score between any two interests is calculated as the log of the estimated probability that a member of the social network will express both interests divided by the product of: (i) the estimated probability that a member of the social network will express the first of the two interests and (ii) the estimated probability that a member of the social network will express the second of the two interests. The compatibility score between two individuals is calculated as the sum of the compatibility scores between each interest appearing in a set of interests expressed by the first of the two individuals and each interest appearing in a set of interests expressed by the second of the two individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Ming Zhu, Christopher Lunt
  • Patent number: 9594848
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed for establishing a querying system and load balancing the multi-tiered querying system. A multi-tiered targeted query system can comprise three tiers: a web tier, an aggregator tier, and a shard tier. When load balancing of shards is performed, fan-out can occur, increasing latency. The disclosed technology performs load balancing while minimizing the amount fan-out increase. Selecting the databases to move can comprise determining which databases on that server are causing the most load, and determining if moving any of these databases will increase an expected amount of fan-out above an acceptable threshold value. Determining the expected amount of fan-out increase incurred by moving a database can be based on an analysis of a number of friend relationships between that database and other databases on the same or other servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Dattaram Sharma, Jianming Wu, Chunhui Zhu
  • Patent number: 9594405
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device comprising a front-side touch display and a back-side touch surface determines a touch gestured by a user of the mobile device based on touch inputs to the front-side touch display and touch inputs to the back-side touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Matthew Cahill
  • Patent number: 9594840
    Abstract: An online social network is provided in which members of the online social network control who may view their personal information and who may communicate with them. The members control who may view their personal information by setting a visibility preference. A member may not view another member's full personal profile if the measure of relatedness between the two is greater than the visibility preference of the other member. The members also control who may communicate with them by setting a contactability preference. A member may not communicate with another member if the measure of relatedness between the two is greater than the contactability preference of the other member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Galbreath, Christopher Lunt
  • Patent number: 9594852
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an text query inputted by a first user from a client device of the first user, generating a set of structured queries based on the text query, each structured query in the set corresponding to a grammar of a context-free grammar model, wherein each structured query is based on a natural-language string generated by a grammar of the context-free grammar model and comprises one or more tokens, wherein one or more of the tokens of each structured query correspond to one or more objects associated with the online social network, respectively, filtering the set to remove one or more structured queries from the set, each removed structured query having a quality score less than a threshold quality score, and sending one or more of the structured queries from the post-filtered set to the client device of the first user for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiao Li
  • Patent number: 9595057
    Abstract: In one embodiment, receiving, at a first computing device associated with a social-networking system and from a second computing device, a first request to verify an identity of a user of the social-networking system; sending, by the first computing device and to a mobile device associated with the user, a second request for information about the user; receiving, at the first computing device and from the mobile device, the information about the user; determining, by the first computing device, a confidence score indicating a probability that the identity of the user is true based on the information about the user received from the mobile device and information available to the social-networking system; and sending, by the first computing device and to the second computing device, the confidence score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen Ashok Gandhi, Matthew Nicholas Papakipos
  • Patent number: 9594607
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a server computing device, a notification which includes: information associated with the identity of the user associated with the user-initiated event or with the identity of the client computing device; a variable, pre-determined string of symbols for the user-initiated event associated with the notification; a variable number describing a value of an attribute associated with the user-initiated event; and a variable parameter describing an attribute of the user at or near the time of the event or an attribute of the variable number. The method includes correlating, by the server computing device, the user-initiated events with a user; and determining, by the computing device, a description of the user-initiated event associated with the notification based at least in part on the string of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Schechter, Edward Kenneth O'Neil, David Miller, Daniel Tomko
  • Patent number: 9596273
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device identifies a set of second users to participate in an ongoing media session which was initiated by a first user. Each of the identified second users has a social-networking relationship with the first user, or a social-networking relationship with a media item of the ongoing media session. The computing device provisions the ongoing media session to second users, so that the second users join the ongoing media session in progress at the current point in time of the ongoing media session. The computing device sends a notification to the first user indicating that the second users have joined the ongoing media session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Roche, Lincoln Hochberg, Vishu Gupta
  • Patent number: 9596084
    Abstract: In one embodiment, while a mobile electronic device is in a first operation state, it receives sensor data from one or more sensors of the mobile electronic device. The mobile electronic device in a locked state analyzes the sensor data to estimate whether an unlock operation is imminent, and in response to a positive determination, initializes the camera subsystem so that the camera is ready to capture a face as soon as the user directs the camera lens to his or her face. In particular embodiments, the captured image is utilized by a facial recognition algorithm to determine whether the user is authorized to use the mobile device. In particular embodiments, the captured facial recognition image may be leveraged for use on a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, David Harry Garcia
  • Patent number: 9596206
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device detects an identifier of an object entered by a user participating in a message session. The message session includes one or more messages including text, and the text includes the identifier. The computing device accesses an image corresponding to the object based at least in part on the identifier. The computing device provides for display to a second user the image in place of the identifier within the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos M. Bueno, John R. Allen
  • Patent number: 9596312
    Abstract: A method and system for static resource caching in a networking system are provided. The system includes a fetcher instantiated on a particular user device. The fetcher can be a browser plug-in, a separate process or a program integrated into another process on the particular user device. The fetcher downloads static resource data from a web server and groups the downloaded static resource data into a plurality of static resource packages. In some embodiments, the fetcher may predict new static resource package(s) that the particular user may need by analyzing the particular user's activities on the web server and web traffics on the particular user device. Therefore, static resource data from the web server may be effectively cached on the particular user device even before any browser is launched on the particular user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Spencer Ahrens
  • Publication number: 20170068579
    Abstract: Techniques to share application data through a messaging system are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a message package from a messaging service at a messaging client on a client device, the message package addressed from a source messaging account and addressed to a recipient messaging account, the recipient messaging account associated with the messaging client on the client device; extract an application data payload from the message package; receive an application service recommendation package from the messaging service, the application service recommendation package comprising an application service identifier; and an application interoperation component operative to transmit at least a portion of the application data payload to a recommended application service by the messaging client, the recommended application service identified by the application service identifier. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner, Jonathan David Perlow
  • Patent number: 9589305
    Abstract: Techniques for graph based natural language processing are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a client service component operative on the processor circuit to receive a natural language user request from a device and to execute the natural language user request based on matched one or more objects and a social object relation component operative on the processor circuit to match the natural language user request to the one or more objects in an object graph, the object graph comprising token mappings for objects within the object graph, the token mappings based on data extracted from a plurality of interactions by a plurality of users of the network system, wherein the one or more objects are matched with the natural language user request based on the token mappings. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Franklin Daniel, Akash Guarav Gupta
  • Patent number: 9589209
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method of operating a computing device to learn user preferences of how to process digital images. The computing device can record a user image selection, associated with a user account, of at least one of digital image versions of a base digital image. The computing device can determine a context attribute to associate with the user image selection. The computing device can compute an image processing rule associated with the user account by applying machine learning or statistical analysis on multiple user image selections associated with the context attribute, the multiple user image selections including the user image selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shizhe Shen, Yael Maguire, Damian Kowalewski, Viktor Vladimirovich Passichenko
  • Patent number: 9590884
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes detecting interception of data sent by the computing device to a first network resource through a communication network. The first network resource corresponds to a particular domain of the communication network. The method also includes determining whether the communication network is administered by the particular domain; and automatically generating a request to access the communication network that identifies a second network resource based at least in part on the determination. The second network resource is configured to authenticate a user to the particular domain of the communication network. The method also includes sending the request to the second network resource to access the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Charles J. Hughes, Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9590852
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a maintenance update for a data service tier based on a service condition of a data service of a target host server; selecting a spare host server to perform the maintenance update; performing the maintenance update of the data service tier to the spare host server; activating the data service on the spare host server; and redirecting client request traffic to the spare host server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Bogh Lassen, Guanghao Shen, Iain Becker
  • Patent number: 9589279
    Abstract: A social networking system user interacts with a terminal associated with a brand, such as kiosk included in a retail location associated with the brand. The terminal provides authorization information to a user device that identifies the terminal and the brand associated with the terminal. Information identifying the user and the authorization information is communicated to the social networking system, which retrieves interactions between the user and objects associated with the brand in the social networking system. The retrieved interactions are communicated to the terminal, which generates content describing the user's interactions with the objects and presents the generated content to the user. A description of the user interaction and/or of the generated content may be communicated to the social networking system for distribution to additional users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Niket Biswas, Giselle Schmitz, Timothy Belonax
  • Patent number: 9588966
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed that improves language coverage by selecting sentences to be used as training data for a language processing engine. The technology accomplishes the selection of a number of sentences by obtaining a group of sentences, computing a score for each sentence, sorting the sentences based on their scores, and selecting a number of sentences with the highest scores. The scores can be computed by dividing a sum of frequency values of unseen words (or n-grams) in the sentence by a length of the sentence. The frequency values can be based on posts in one or more particular domains, such as the public domain, the private domain, or other specialized domains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthias Gerhard Eck
  • Patent number: 9589023
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing a graph data structure comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges connecting the nodes, receiving, a request to send content relating to the first user to the second user, and prohibiting sending of the content to the second user if the node corresponding to the first user and the second user are connected to each other in the graph data structure through a series of edges and nodes that comprises an unauthorized node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lunt
  • Patent number: 9589011
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a prior structured query previously selected by a first user of an online social network, where the prior structured query corresponds to a first set of search results and comprises references to one or more objects associated with the online social network, identifying changes to the first set of search results corresponding to the prior structured query, and sending, to a client system of the first user, one or more suggested structured queries for display to the first user, where at least one of the suggested structured queries is a dynamic query comprising at least a portion of the prior structured query and a reference to the identified changes to the first set of search results corresponding to the prior structured query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yigal Dan Rubinstein, Sue Yee Young, Joshua Keith Duck, Sadi Khan, William R. Maschmeyer, Yuval Kesten, Keith L. Peiris, Kathryn Hymes
  • Patent number: 9590944
    Abstract: A messaging system receives a message that is intended for a recipient, who is a user of a social networking system. An object associated with the message is identified based on the message content and/or metadata associated with the message. The messaging system accesses a social networking system database to obtain social information about a relationship between the recipient and the identified object. The message is then indexed using the social information, wherein an entry for the message is stored in a message index based on the social information. This process may be repeated for each received message, and multiple different message indexes may be generated for received messages to track different types of social information. A user interface for viewing messages uses the message index to organize the messages, such as to filter, categorize, and/or sort the messages in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Malik, Jiakai Liu, Andrew G. Bosworth, Joel Benjamin Seligstein
  • Patent number: 9591580
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data corresponding to a set of sensor values and one or more indicators that each correspond to one of a number of physical states of a client device. The client device includes a first and second set of sensors. The method also includes generating a number of functions that each determine a probability that the client device is in a respective one of the physical states. The determination includes correlating the set of sensor values with a corresponding physical state of the client device. A first function of the number of functions is based on sensor values of the first set of sensors. A second function of the number of functions is based on sensor values of the second set of sensors. The method also includes sending the number of functions to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit M. Schillings, David Harry Garcia
  • Patent number: 9591449
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian Frederick Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9591091
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first notification through a real-time push service. The first notification includes a subset of user-facing information of an object having one or more states, the subset being determined at a first point in time. A second notification is received through the real-time push service. The second notification is an update to the user-facing information of the object, and the update may be a subset of user-facing information determined at a second point in time after the first point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Mohit Talwar, Lev Popov, Rose Yao
  • Patent number: 9591056
    Abstract: Techniques for contact exploring are described. An apparatus may comprise a web component and a data retrieval component. The web component may be operative to receive a remote command from a web server, and to transmit a plurality of contacts to the web serve. The data retrieval component operative to retrieve the plurality of contacts from a contacts storage on the device in response to the received remote command. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Vikas Gupta, Lior Tal
  • Patent number: 9591517
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social networking system maintains a moving average of the number of connection problems, including socket timeouts and failed uploads, per client in a geographic area to determine whether the wireless data network serving the geographic area is overloaded. In response to detecting a network overload, the social networking system may transmit an instruction to the clients in the particular geographic area to enter one of a plurality of traffic throttling modes. In particular embodiments, the social networking system maintains a historical log of network overload conditions, and uses the historical log to generate an estimate of the wireless network capacity serving a geographic area. Thus, the social networking system may preemptively transmit instructions to clients to enter a bandwidth-conservation mode when the estimated traffic demand exceeds the estimated capacity for a particular geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Harry Garcia, Justin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9591218
    Abstract: Techniques to selectively capture media using a single user interface element are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a touch controller, a visual media capture component, and a storage component. The touch controller may be operative to receive a haptic engagement signal. The visual media capture component may be operative to be configured in a capture mode based on whether a haptic disengagement signal is received by the touch controller before expiration of a first timer, the capture mode one of a photo capture mode or video capture mode, the first timer started in response to receiving the haptic engagement signal, the first timer configured to expire after a first preset duration. The storage component may be operative to store visual media captured by the visual media capture component in the configured capture mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: William M Ruben, Daniel J Smith, II, Nilesh V Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J Flynn, Andrei V Gheorghe
  • Patent number: 9584992
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device determines a notification mode based on the mobile device's user interface mode, and transmits a message comprising the notification mode to a server, causing the server to transmit one or more messages to the mobile device based on the notification mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig
  • Patent number: 9584671
    Abstract: Techniques to transform network resource requests to zero rated network requests are described. Some embodiments are particularly directed to techniques transform network resource requests on a cellular network to zero rating by replacing the destination of the request with a zero-rated source for the network resource. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a data store and a network access component. The data store may be operative to store a plurality of zero-rating rewrite rules. The network access component may be operative to receive a network request from an application component on the mobile device, the network request for access to a network resource; compare the network resource to the plurality of zero-rating rewrite rules to identify a zero-rating rewrite rule matching the network resource; transform the network request to a zero-rated network request for the network resource using the identified zero-rating rewrite rule; and perform the zero-rated network request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shaheen A Gandhi, Luiz Fernando Scheidegger, Breno Pompeu Roberto, Peter Avelino Ruibal, Marcus Erwin Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9582587
    Abstract: Indexing and retrieving real time content in a social networking system is disclosed. A user-term index includes user-term partitions, each user-term partition comprising temporal databases. As a post is received from a user, a user identifier, a post identifier, and a post is extracted. An object store communicatively coupled to a temporal database for recently received content is queried to determine whether terms in the post has already been stored. A term identifier is stored in the user-term index with the user and post identifiers. A forward index stores the post by post identifier. Responsive to a search query, the user-term index is searched by the user's connections and the terms. A real time search engine compiles the results of the user-term index query and retrieves the stored posts from the forward index. The search results may then be ranked and cached before presentation to the searching user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Akhil Wable, Hong Yan, Spencer G. Ahrens, Yofay Kari Lee, Guizhen Yang
  • Patent number: 9584606
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive input associated with a social networking system user account. The input includes content to be published to the social networking system. In response to the received input, one or more location suggestions are identified based upon the content. The one or more identified location suggestions are transmitted to a user device associated with the user account. Selection of a location suggestion is received. The content and selected location is published as a post within the social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne Kao, Gregory Paul Whalin, Jan Kodovsky
  • Patent number: 9583143
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can initiate a video capture mode that provides a camera view. A touch gesture can be detected via a touch display. A drawing can be rendered based on the touch gesture. The drawing can be rendered to appear to overlay the camera view. A first video image frame can be acquired based on the camera view. At least a portion of the first video image frame and the drawing can be combined to produce a first combined frame. The drawing can appear to overlay the first video image frame. The first combined frame can be stored in a video buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9582552
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph that includes a plurality of nodes and edges, receiving from a user a selection of a structured query the user wants to share, where the structured query comprises references to nodes and edges of the social graph, and sending the structured query for display on a page associated with one or more other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yigal Dan Rubinstein, Yuval Kesten, Keith L. Peiris
  • Patent number: 9582786
    Abstract: Machine learning models are used for ranking news feed stories presented to users of a social networking system. The social networking system divides its users into different sets, for example, based on demographic characteristics of the users and generates one model for each set of users. The models are periodically retrained. The news feed ranking model may rank news feeds for a user based on information describing other users connected to the user in the social networking system. Information describing other users connected to the user includes interactions of the other users with objects associated with news feed stories. These interactions include commenting on a news feed story, liking a news feed story, or retrieving information, for example, images, videos associated with a news feed story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Max Gubin, Wayne Kao, David Vickrey, Alexey Maykov
  • Patent number: 9582589
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a content object for display based at least in part on one or more filtering criteria. The filtering criteria is a measure of suitability of each content object for presentation based at least in part on social-graph information between a first user and one or more second users or a current geo-location of the first user. The method also includes applying the filtering criteria to the content object; and providing for display on a user interface (UI) the content object based on whether the content object is suitable for presentation based at least in part on the filtering criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke St. Clair
  • Patent number: 9584459
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method receiving receives information describing a current or future activity from a user of a computing system via a mobile device. The current activity is an activity occurring at a current time when the information is received, while the future activity is an activity occurring at a future time relative to a time when the information is received. The method transmits the information describing the current or future activity to a backend database coupled to the Internet and remote from the mobile device. The information describing the current or future activity is accessible to at least one recipient having access privilege to information associated with the user and describing the current or future activity via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 9582807
    Abstract: A social network advertises to its members with engagement interfaces. An engagement interface comprises a call to action and a link to perform the action within the social network from within the engagement interface. Responsive to a user selection of the link to perform the action, the engagement interface modifies one or more objects within the social network associated with the call to action according to the selection of the link to perform the action. The engagement interface may be refreshed on the user's screen to indicate to the user that the action has been performed. An engagement interface may also be presented to a user from the social network or from an external system apart from the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kang Xing Jin, Jared Morgenstern, Neville Bowers, Nan Gao
  • Patent number: 9582812
    Abstract: A social networking system presents content items to users, who then provide feedback regarding pairs of content items. The feedback includes a selection of a content item of the pair of content items that was preferred by the user over the other content item. The social networking system uses this information to train a predictive model that scores content items based on quality. The content items may be advertisements. The social networking system uses the pair-wise comparisons of the advertisements to determine feedback coefficients in an advertising quality score prediction model using regression analysis of the pair-wise comparisons for each predictive factor in the model. In this way, the pair-wise comparisons are used to train the prediction model to understand which advertisements are more enjoyable than others. A feedback coefficient for each predictive factor may be computed based on the preferences received from the group of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Rong Yan, John Hegeman
  • Patent number: 9584465
    Abstract: Techniques to optimize messages sent to a user of a social networking system. In one embodiment, information about the user may be collected by the social networking system. The information may be applied to train a model for determining likelihood of a desired action by the user in response to candidate messages that may be provided for the user. The social networking system may provide to the user a message from the candidate messages with a selected likelihood of causing the desired action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex Arquette, David Y. Chen, Emily B. Grewal, Denise Moreno, Florin Ratiu, Yanxin Shi, Kiranjit Singh Sidhu, Ching-Chih Weng, Huan Yang
  • Patent number: D781881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Douglas Cornell