Yahoo Patents

Yahoo! Inc. operates an Internet portal that provides communications services, including Yahoo Mail and Messenger, and sports, weather, finance and other digital news content to its users. The company also operates Flickr, the photo sharing website, and Tumblr, a social media and microblogging platform.

Yahoo Patents by Type

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  • Yahoo Patent Applications: Yahoo patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170053029
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for performing processing involved with search, such as processing search information to return search results. In one exemplary implementation, there is provided a method for processing information to return search results including mixed-media media presentation(s) selectable by a user. Moreover, such method may involve user interaction to manipulate the presentation, display various media and/or effect other functionality. Further implementations may involve generation of interactive, visually rich mixed-media content of high information density providing improved user experience and/or improved value to various participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Doug IMBRUCE, Owen Bossola, Rasmus Knuttsson, Tommy Chheng, Hakim El Hattab
  • Patent number: 9577919
    Abstract: DNS wildcard beaconing. In one embodiment, for example, a computer-implemented method comprises: receiving a network request from a resolver to resolve a hostname, the network request from the resolver comprising a network address of the resolver, the hostname comprising a unique wildcard portion; storing first data representing an association between at least the unique wildcard portion and the network address of the resolver; receiving a network request from a client for a resource, the network request from the client comprising a network address of the client and at least the unique wildcard portion; storing second data representing an association between at least the unique wildcard portion and the network address of the client; based on the first data and the second data, associating the client with the resolver; and storing third data representing the association between the client and the resolver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Christian, David Apgar
  • Patent number: 9576001
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a statistical approach, a win share approach, used to assign a win share value to content items. User interaction with content items is tracked, and a win share value is assigned to content items in response to a “winning” action performed by a user. Win shares associated with content items are used to identify content items that are to be presented, and can further be used to identify an optimal presentation, e.g., layout, presentation frequency, etc., of content items that is to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Sajjit Thampy, Daniel Ferrante, Amr Awadallah
  • Patent number: 9576055
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for including collection items in the ranked set of search results that are returned to a user in response to a search query. Collection scoring techniques are also provided for generating relevance scores for collection items in a different manner than relevance scores are generated for base items that are not collections. The collection scoring techniques may be applied to non-base collection items, base collection items, or both. Items that match the search query, including base items and collection items, are ranked in a unified ranking based on their respective relevance scores, thereby allowing searches to readily determine the relevance ranking of matching collection items relative to matching base items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo!
    Inventor: Joshua E. Schachter
  • Patent number: 9576253
    Abstract: A network device, system, and method are directed towards detecting trusted reporters and/or abusive users in an online community using reputation event inputs, such as abuse reports. When an abuse report is received for a content item, the combined trust (reputation) of previous reporters on the reported content item and the trust (reputation) of the content author are compared to determine whether to trust the content item. If the content item is un-trusted, the content item may be hidden from public view. In one embodiment, the content item might still be visible to the content author, and/or members in the author's contact list, or the like, while being hidden from another user in the community. In one embodiment, the author may appeal the determined trust, and results of the appeal may be used to modify a trust of at least one reporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Ori Zaltzman, Quy Dinh Le
  • Patent number: 9576064
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a resource control service, system, method and architecture. A client device's resource access is limited to an approved resource, or resources. A request for a resource is directed to a resource control service that determines whether or not to grant access to the requested resource. Where a determination is made to grant access to the resource, a response is transmitted to the client device, the response redirecting the client device to a second URI for the approved version of the requested resource. The response can be used by the client device request the resource from the location identified in the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel ManHung Wong
  • Patent number: 9576057
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, and user interfaces for browsing a collection of content items saved by a user or by one or more buddies associated with a given user. The method of the present invention comprises saving one or more content items and one or more associated keywords as specified by a user. An interface is generated that displays the one or more saved content items and the one or more associated keywords, as well as the one or more buddies associated with a given user. A user indication of the selection of a given keyword or the selection of a given buddy by the user is received. The one or more displayed content items are filtered according to the selected keyword, buddy, or combination of selected keyword and buddy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Publication number: 20170048351
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus according to the present application includes a receiving unit and a delivering unit. The receiving unit receives a delivery request for content from a terminal device. The delivering unit delivers the content corresponding to the delivery request, and user information that is related to a user who is using the terminal device and that is to be added to the content to the terminal device. For example, the delivering unit delivers the user information corresponding to an attribute that is selected from attributes related to the user, based on a correlation with the content, to the terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatoshi WAKIZAKI
  • Publication number: 20170048224
    Abstract: An authentication device according to the present application includes an acquisition unit and an authentication unit. The acquisition unit acquires use states in a plurality of terminal devices used by a user. The authentication unit authenticates the user based on a combination of the use states of the terminal devices acquired by the acquisition unit. For example, the acquisition unit acquires the use states of the terminal devices within a predetermined period of time until a time when a request for authentication is received, and the authentication unit authenticates the user based on the combination of the use states of the terminal devices within the predetermined period of time acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhiko TERAOKA, Hidehito GOMI
  • Patent number: 9569529
    Abstract: An Internet or other online service is personalized or customized based on data collected for a user of a computing device. In one embodiment, a method includes: storing a plurality of person profiles for persons associated with communications received by a user of a computing device; receiving data associated with an online service; and filtering, using at least one processor, the data based on the plurality of person profiles, wherein the filtered data is for display to the user on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Mark Rubin, Brian Hein
  • Patent number: 9569696
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an intelligent agent to analyze a media object. The agent comprises a trained model comprising a number of state layers for storing a history of actions taken by the agent in each of a number of previous iterations performed by the agent in analyzing a media object. The stored state may be used by the agent in a current iteration to determine whether or not to make, or abstain from making, a prediction from output generated by the model, identify another portion of the media object to analyze, end analysis. Output from the agent's model may comprise a semantic vector that can be mapped to a semantic vector space to identify a number of labels for a media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: Simon Osindero
  • Patent number: 9570914
    Abstract: An electric power retail management apparatus according to an embodiment includes a power generation source selection unit. The power generation source selection unit selects, as a power generation source for supplying electric power corresponding to an amount of electric power supplied to each of electric power consumers, one or more power generation sources of which one or more types are selected by each of the electric power consumers from among a plurality of power generation sources for each electric power consumer on the basis of an amount of electric power supplied from the power generation sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Kitagishi
  • Publication number: 20170038920
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus according to the present application includes a receiving unit, a first display control unit, and a second display control unit. The receiving unit receives an operation to designate a first area. When the receiving unit has received the operation to designate the first area, the first display control unit displays first input candidates. When an operation to designate a second area has been received, the second display control unit displays second input candidates corresponding to a first input candidate determined to be selected among the first input candidates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuki SAKAMOTO, Yuta SUZUKI, Sakiko NISHI
  • Patent number: 9563850
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for displaying geographical locations with the one or more annotations. In a particular embodiment, a language model is used to obtain the probability distribution of the locations over one or more annotations. Further, the system and the method utilizes the probability data obtained from the language model to determine a probability score for each location over the one or more annotations. Subsequently, one or more geographical locations are displayed on a world map, based on the probability score of the geographical locations over the one or more annotations. In one embodiment, geographical locations may be highlighted using a color code on a heat map overlaid on the world map. The color code may represent the ranking of the geographical locations based on the calculated probability score for each identified geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Roelof van Zwol, Vanessa Murdock, Lluís Garcia Pueyo
  • Publication number: 20170032424
    Abstract: The technologies described herein serve contextually relevant advertisements under a guaranteed advertisement campaign. A publisher retrieves a guaranteed advertisement campaign related to a webpage available for serving an advertisement, and identifies a set of advertisements relating to the guaranteed advertisement campaign. Advertisement selecting circuitry of the publisher determines whether an advertisement that is contextually relevant to content published at the webpage is present in the set of advertisements. If there is no contextually relevant advertisement in the set of advertisements, the advertisement selecting circuitry selects an alternative advertisement from the set of advertisements that minimizes an under-delivery risk related to the guaranteed advertisement campaign. If there is a contextually relevant advertisement in the set of advertisements, the advertisement selecting circuitry selects the contextually relevant advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Suleyman Cetintas, Srinath Ravindran, Mohammad Saberian, Sandeep Soni, Kuang-chih Lee, Hong Yao, Jian Yang, Pradhan Pattanayak
  • Publication number: 20170030717
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment, an estimating apparatus includes a detector that detects accelerations. The estimating apparatus includes an identifying unit that identifies a gravity direction using an average of the accelerations that the detector detects in a certain state. The estimating apparatus includes an estimating unit that estimates a travel direction based on the gravity direction that the identifying unit identifies from the accelerations that the detector detects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munehiro AZAMI
  • Publication number: 20170032410
    Abstract: An information processing device according to the present application includes a detecting unit and a predicting unit. The detecting unit detects a move operation to move contents displayed on a display screen of the information processing device. The specifying unit specifies a focused region on which a user is focused for the display screen of the information processing device based on a result of the detection by the detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yohei ABE
  • Publication number: 20170034245
    Abstract: A transferring device according to the present invention includes a receiving unit, a generating unit, and a transferring unit. The receiving unit receives, from a terminal device, an access request including identification information for identifying content that the terminal devices requests to access. The generating unit generates signature information from the identification information received by the receiving unit using a certain algorithm. The transferring unit instructs the terminal device to transmit an access request including the signature information to a different transferring device judging the validity of the transferring device based on the algorithm and the signature information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsaku ASANO
  • Patent number: 9558506
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, a method includes calculating learning values associated with a plurality of listings, at least one of said learning values associated with one of said listings representing a value based, at least in part, on a probability distribution of selections of said listing. The method further includes applying said learning values to ranking scores associated with said listings to provide an updated ranking, and electronically auctioning advertising inventory to purchasers associated with said listings based, at least in part, on said updated ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak K. Agarwal, Dz-Mou Jung, Sai-Ming Li, Mohammad Mahdian, R. Preston McAfee, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, David Reiley
  • Patent number: 9558367
    Abstract: One or more systems and/or methods for storing personal information within a first device and/or for providing personal information from the first device to the second device are provided. The first device (e.g., a smartphone) may identify a user interface (e.g., a movie streaming website) populated with user specified data (e.g., a password). The user specified data may be evaluated to identify personal information of the user (e.g., a movie streaming website password). The personal information may be stored within the first device. Responsive to determining that a second device (e.g., a smart television) displays a personal information input field (e.g., a movie streaming website password input field), an input event comprising the personal information may be provided from the first device to the second device. The input event may invoke the second device to input the movie streaming website password into the movie streaming website password input field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo!, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 9558180
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may be utilized to analyze a content item comprising text to identify: a quote, a named entity that is the source of the quote (e.g., a person or organization such as a company), and identification information for the named entity (such as a title of the person giving the quote). Quotes may also be ranked to determine, for example, the best quotes to include in an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Maria Renhui Zhang, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Qichu Lu
  • Patent number: 9558175
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments disclosed herein may relate to generating signals and/or states representative of a template for a web page. One or more areas of a template may be associated with a respective one or more entities of a web page publisher, and content for the one or more areas associated with the one or more entities may be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Evgeniy Makeev, Jeff Budzinski, Scott Roy, Annie Cheng, Timothy Daly
  • Publication number: 20170027086
    Abstract: An air handler building structure is disclosed, which includes a floor, a plurality of lateral walls, a roof, and one or more openings located either on the roof or on at least one of the lateral walls. The lateral walls include a lower and an upper lateral walls opposing to each other having different respective heights determined in accordance with a ratio. The roof has a pitch consistent with the ratio associated with the lower and upper lateral walls. The shape of the building structure allows air within the building structure to rise via natural convection. In addition, a first dimension along a first direction defined between the lower and upper lateral walls relative to a second dimension along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction is such that the building structure provides access to outside natural air via one or more openings on the lower lateral wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Scott Noteboom, Albert Dell Robison
  • Patent number: 9554030
    Abstract: An approach is provided for acquiring images with camera-enabled mobile devices using objects of interest recognition. A mobile device is configured to acquire an image represented by image data and process the image data to identify a plurality of candidate objects of interest in the image. The plurality of candidate objects of interest may be identified based upon a plurality of low level features or “cues” in the image data. Example cues include, without limitation, color contrast, edge density and superpixel straddling. A particular candidate object of interest is selected from the plurality of candidate objects of interest and a graphical symbol is displayed on a screen of the mobile device to identify the particular candidate object of interest. The particular candidate object of interest may be located anywhere on the image. Passive auto focusing is performed at the location of the particular candidate object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Li, Haojian Jin
  • Publication number: 20170017996
    Abstract: The present invention provides techniques for utilizing opportunities presented by events and social gatherings, such as online advertisement targeting and communications related opportunities. Techniques are provided in which information is obtained that provides an indication that a set of users, including mobile electronic device users, are in a specified area, and indicating that at least some of the set of users are at a particular event or gathering. A virtual user grouping may be formed, and communications between users of the grouping is facilitated, based at least in part on the particular event or gathering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Allie K. Watfa, Dale Nussel, Jonathan Kilroy
  • Publication number: 20170018009
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for minimizing the cost of field experiments using advertisement exchanges. The system includes circuitry configured to obtain a bidding opportunity to deliver a message from an exchange system, where the bidding opportunity comprises an impression candidate and user information associated with the impression candidate. The system includes circuitry configured to obtain at least one bidding parameters from the database, where the at least one bidding parameters indicates a target audience of the message. The system includes circuitry configured to assign a random bid amount to the bidding opportunity based on the at least one bidding parameters, where the random bid amount at least partially indicates a treatment intensity of the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Ayman FARAHAT
  • Patent number: 9547725
    Abstract: In a client-server system where a client system presents a browser for user interaction, a browser user interface includes functionality for handling dynamic interface elements received by the browser in connection with received pages, presented as part of the browser user interface and modified in response to selected user input without requiring further interaction with a server. In addition to, or in place of, dynamic interface elements such as slide sheets, the browser user interface might also include a rotation display area, tool displays that can overlay a page, opaquely or semi-transparently, menu structures, and an ability for the user to modify a page layout without requiring server interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Jack Chu, Chris Mancini, Lawrence Morrisroe
  • Publication number: 20170010791
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present application includes a cursor control unit, a display position change unit, and a range selection unit. When switching operation for switching to a selection mode for selecting characters included in a display region displayed in a display unit is detected, the cursor control unit displays another cursor different from a cursor displayed in the display region in the display region. When moving operation for moving the display region is detected in the selection mode, the display position change unit maintains one cursor at an original display position or at a certain position near the original display position in the display unit, and moves a display position of the display region together with the other cursor in accordance with the moving operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuki SAKAMOTO, Kenji SUZUKI, Kazumasa OKABE
  • Patent number: 9542384
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, the appearance and/or operation of a web application may be modified based, at least in part, on one or more contextual elements of a web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Maxwell R. Engel, Wade Chambers, Justin Cody Simms
  • Patent number: 9544342
    Abstract: Digital media playback instruction distribution devices, methods, and programs access a memory storing content data, the content data including website content for distribution to a remote terminal, the website content including a display area for displaying digital media. The devices, methods, and programs receive a request for the stored web content from the remote terminal, calculate a time period over which a user of the remote terminal is estimated to need to browse the website content when it is rendered on the remote terminal, and transmit the website content and a delay instruction to the remote terminal, the delay instruction instructing the remote terminal to delay playback of digital media displayed in the display area until after the calculated time period has elapsed since display of the website content on the remote terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Sumitomo, Kanta Suzuki, Kazutaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 9542619
    Abstract: A system for determining piles comprises an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive an image. The processor is configured to determine one or more attributes of the image; to determine whether the image is a member of a top of a hierarchy based at least in part on the attributes. In the event it is determined that the image is a member of the top of the hierarchy: determine a set of elements of the hierarchy the image is a member of, based at least in part on the attributes and determine which of the set of entities are piles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Jackson Culpepper, Pierre Garrigues, Allison Janoch, Huy X. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9544771
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of services access through progressive registration via a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Schwarzapel, Dylan Casey, Lovlesh Chhabra, Atte Lahtiranta, Jon Hryn, Daniel Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9542292
    Abstract: Enhancing situational awareness in operations management includes: generating a user interface incorporating multiple display interfaces; receiving event data for a plurality of events monitored by an operator viewing the multiple display interfaces; receiving context data for the plurality of events, wherein the context data is received from multiple sources; matching the plurality of the events with the context data; determining the events which the operator must handle as priority events; displaying the priority events; and reducing saliency of any events and tasks that are not associated with the priority events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Sievert, Adam John Richards
  • Publication number: 20170004524
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for mobile campaign optimization without knowing user identity. The system includes circuitry configured to obtain mobile application data about a mobile application from at least one mobile device. The system includes circuitry configured to generate a mobile application profile for the mobile application using the mobile application data. The system further includes circuitry configured to select at least one mobile application to show a mobile advertisement in the at least one mobile application at least partially using the mobile application profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Lin MA, Giovanni GARDELLI, Gaurav DHAGE
  • Patent number: 9535988
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems directed to summarizing video or other multimedia content based on the blogging activities of one or more users. In one implementation, a user may select a video and one or more blogs that annotate various segments of the video. A user may specify one or more desired attributes of the blog or comment entries, which a system processes to create an edit decision list. The edit decision list can be used to generate a summarized version of the multimedia content that includes the content segments associated with blog entries that meet the desired attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Horowitz, Marc Davis, Malcolm Slaney
  • Publication number: 20160379300
    Abstract: A prediction device according to the present application includes an acquisition unit and a prediction unit. The acquisition unit acquires information on a current price at which a target product is bid at an auction. The prediction unit predicts a price difference between the current price and a future price at which the target product is assumed to be bid after bidding at the current price based on the information on the current price acquired by the acquisition unit and a bid history at the auction. For example, the prediction unit predicts a price difference between the current price and the future price at which the target product is assumed to be bid immediately after bidding at the current price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki HIRAI, Koji TSUKAMOTO, Junichiro KITAGAWA, Katsushi YAMASHITA, Satoshi YAMAUCHI, Akira TAJIMA
  • Patent number: 9529822
    Abstract: Briefly, one or more embodiments of methods, apparatuses or systems for media or content tagging are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Murdock, Roelof van Zwol, Emmanouil Papangelis
  • Patent number: 9531821
    Abstract: A server includes a terminal information acquisition unit, a region specifying unit, and a distribution information generation unit. The terminal information acquisition unit acquires from each of a plurality of first terminal devices, terminal information including measurement information used to calculate a distance from each of second terminal devices to each of the plurality of first terminal devices for each second terminal device present near the first terminal device and position information of the first terminal device. The region specifying unit specifies a region in which the second terminal device is disposed at a distance according to the measurement information from the position of each of the first terminal devices. The distribution information generation unit generates the information indicating the distribution of the positions of the first terminal device and the second terminal device based on the region specified by the region specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsuke Itoh, Ai Ito, Chihiro Sugioka
  • Patent number: 9530094
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatuses, or articles of manufacture are disclosed that may be implemented, in whole or in part, using one or more computing devices to facilitate or otherwise support one or more processes or operations for a Jabba-type contextual tagger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Josh Coalson
  • Patent number: 9529783
    Abstract: Invoked states of one or more activities invoked in a web application is detected. The web application is configured to display, in a foreground, a current activity on a client device. On the client device, display of a multitask preview interface that includes one or more live previews is caused. Each live preview of the one or more live previews corresponds to an invoked state of an activity of the one or more activities. The one or more live previews includes a particular live preview that corresponds to a particular invoked state of a particular activity of the one or more activities. Selection of the particular live preview is detected. In response to detecting selection of the particular live preview, the current activity displayed in the foreground of the web application is switched to the particular state of the particular activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Vince Magistrado, Utkarsh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9529858
    Abstract: A method includes accessing a number of cards from a database. The cards are ranked in the database based on a test conducted on a number of users. The cards are associated with one or more rule states. The one or more rule states provide binary outcomes of one or more rules. Each rule is identified using a code. The test is conducted by presenting different random sequences of the cards to different users and receiving inputs from the number of users. The method further includes receiving a request for a presentation area from a client device operated by a user. The presentation area is used for displaying the number of cards in an order, which is determined based on the test. The method includes providing the number of cards for display in the order within the presentation area on the client device of the user in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Asad Sheth, Ferras Hamad
  • Publication number: 20160371589
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer systems implementing methods for online content recommendation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nadav GOLBANDI, Chao Wang
  • Patent number: 9524512
    Abstract: An advertisement delivery management apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a prediction information storage unit, an acquisition unit and an allocation unit. The prediction information storage unit stores information including user attributes of a plurality of delivery target users predicted as future advertisement delivery destinations. The acquisition unit acquires a plurality of order requests designating user attributes and the numbers of deliveries. The allocation unit allocates the delivery target users to the plurality of order requests, on the basis of the user attributes and the numbers of deliveries designated by the plurality of order requests, such that the number of predetermined user attributes of the delivery target users who have not been allocated to the order requests is the maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimura, Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Hiroyuki Kato, Takenobu Dei
  • Patent number: 9524509
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods or systems for client side browser notification are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Satish Mehta
  • Publication number: 20160364745
    Abstract: Online experimentation has been widely used to evaluate an effect of a new feature of an online product on user engagement. One challenge is that an existence of outliers can often complicate the analysis of such experimental results. Thus, a procedure is provided herein to detect and remove outliers from experimental results. The procedure can use statistical tests based on parametric distributions of sample maximum or minimum. These tests can be performed using an inward testing procedure to identify multiple outliers. Finally, these filtered test results can be used to control delivery of a new feature of an online product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Yan He, Miao Chen, Maria Stone
  • Patent number: 9519682
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards generating a unified user account trustworthiness system through user account trustworthiness scores. A trusted group of user accounts may be identified for a given action by grouping a plurality of user accounts into tiers based on a trustworthiness score of each user account for the given action. The tiers and/or trustworthiness scores may be employed to classify an item, such as a message as spam or non-spam, based on input from the user accounts. The trustworthiness scores may also be employed to determine if a user account is a robot account or a human account. The trusted group for a given action may dynamically evolve over time by regrouping the user accounts based on modified trustworthiness scores. A trustworthiness score of an individual user account may be modified based on input received from the individual user account and input from other user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Pujara, Vishwanath Tumkur Ramarao, Xiaopeng Xi, Martin Zinkevich, Anirban Dasgupta, Belle Tseng, Wei Chu, Jyh-Shin Gareth Shue
  • Patent number: 9519659
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system, method and architecture for media content enrichment. A visual object detector is trained using a training data set and an existing visual object detector. The newly-adapted visual object detector may be used to detect a visual object belonging to a class of visual object. The existing object detector that is used to train the adapted object detector detects a class of visual objects different from the visual object class detected by the adapted object detector. A media content item depicting a visual object detected using the adapted object detector may be associated with metadata, tag or other information about the detected visual object to enrich the media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Vidit Jain, Sachin Sudhakar Farfade
  • Patent number: D774056
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Stein, Tony Ke, Rasmus Zwickson
  • Patent number: D775183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Agnes Liu, Maria Renhui Zhang, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Shin-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: D776140
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Richard Andress, Rafael Vasconcellos Coelho, Carrie Christina Merry Barkema, Guilherme de Barros Chapiewski, Guy Hepworth