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

  • Yahoo Patents Granted: Yahoo patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Yahoo Patent Applications: Yahoo patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170082440
    Abstract: An information processing system according to the present application comprises a user terminal and a server apparatus, the user terminal including a magnetic field measuring unit that measures magnetic fields, a movement measuring unit that measures manners of movement, and an output unit that outputs the measured magnetic fields and results of the measurement performed by the movement measuring unit while associating each of the measured magnetic fields and a corresponding one of the measurement results with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro NINOMIYA, Shinsuke SATO, Miyuki WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170083933
    Abstract: An information processing device that performs navigation processing for searching a route to a destination and presenting a guide route in accordance with a search result includes an output control module that causes a voice output module to output, by voice, a voice advertisement or a questionnaire related to a voice advertisement based on a conversation with a user during the navigation processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Humio SAKURAI, Yasuaki HYODO, Norikazu HIROSE, Shinichiro ODA
  • Patent number: 9602856
    Abstract: Software authenticates a first user of a first mobile device and a second user of a second mobile device. Each user agrees or has previously agreed to share video data captured by the user with other authenticated users. The software determines whether the first mobile device is located proximate to the second mobile device. Then the software receives video data captured by the second mobile device and transmits the video data to the first mobile device for display along with an annotation, if the first mobile device is proximate to the second mobile device. The annotation indicates the location of the second mobile device relative to the first mobile device and includes data as to camera angle of the second mobile device received from the second mobile device. The software persistently stores the video data upon receipt of a command from the user of the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc
    Inventors: Marco de Sa, David Ayman Shamma, Elizabeth Churchill
  • Patent number: 9600834
    Abstract: Targeting advertisements to a user on multiple devices includes: selecting an access point; maintaining an internet access log to track web activity across multiple devices within said access point; identifying the multiple devices involved in the web activity; distinguishing patterns of web activity for the multiple devices to identify users of the devices; generating a user interest vector populated with user interests derived from the patterns of web activity; initializing a master log of user interest vectors for all users within the access point, wherein the master log maps the users with the multiple devices; and updating the master log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Kilroy, Dale Nussel, Anupam Seth, Allie K. Watfa
  • Patent number: 9600169
    Abstract: Users are enabled to define and modify mappings between (1) gestures and (2) actions performed by one or more computing devices in response to a device detecting performance of a gesture. A generalized gesture-to-action mapping framework allows users to intuitively define and modify such mappings. In response to a device detecting the performance of a particular gesture, one or more devices may cause the execution of one or more device actions based on a set of user-defined gesture-to-action mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Marco de Sa, Elizabeth F. Churchill, R. Preston McAfee, David Ayman Shamma
  • Patent number: 9600919
    Abstract: Aspects of the present innovations relate to systems and/or methods involving multimedia modules, objects or animations. According to an illustrative implementation, one method may include accepting at least one input keyword relating to a subject for the animation and performing processing associated with templates. Further, templates may generates different types of output, and each template may include components for display time, screen location, and animation parameters. Other aspects of the innovations may involve providing search results, retrieving data from a plurality of web sites or data collections, assembling information into multimedia modules or animations, and/or providing module or animation for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Doug Imbruce, Owen Bossola, Louis Monier, Rasmus Knutsson, Christian Le Cocq
  • Patent number: 9602956
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in a communication system supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data across computers and platforms, which can be used to improve the quality of data used in processing interactions between or among processors in such systems. The disclosed systems and methods perform spatial sensing in order to locate adjacent devices via asymmetric Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) received signal strength indication (RSSI) distributions. Such spatial location between adjacent devices enables the devices to communicate, share, generate and/or consume digital information as a single, connected and/or localized logical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Haojian Jin, Kent Lyons, Cheng Xu
  • Patent number: 9600581
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for selecting and/or ranking web-based content predicted to have the greatest interest to individual users. In particular, articles are ranked in terms of predicted interest for different users. This is done by optimizing an interest model and in particular through a method of bilinear regression and Bayesian optimization. The interest model is populated with data regarding users, the articles, and historical interest trends that types of users have expressed towards types of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Wei Chu, Seung-Taek Park
  • Patent number: 9600782
    Abstract: At a mobile information processing terminal, a close-range communication unit performs close-range communications with another mobile information processing terminal, a reception unit receives through the close-range communication unit a user identifier for uniquely identifying a user of an application for a social networking service (SNS) on the other mobile information processing terminal, a determination unit is configured to determine whether there is a match between the social networking service on the other mobile information processing terminal and an SNS used on the mobile information processing terminal, and when the determination unit determines that there is a match, the transmission unit transmits the received user identifier to a server of the SNS so as to register a user identified by the user identifier as a friend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohito Takusari, Hiromoto One
  • Patent number: 9600800
    Abstract: A social environment is provided by creating an object in response to recognition of an entity in a portion of web content, wherein the object represents the entity, the object is associated with a type selected from a set of types, and the type is associated with a schema selected from a set of schemas, where the social environment includes a set of objects including the object, wherein the objects are instances of corresponding types in a rich system of predefined types, the schemas are associated with the types, metadata is associated with the objects, and there is at least one relationship between at least two objects selected from the set of objects, where the set of objects and the metadata are extensible, such that extensions provided by a first user are available for use by a second user. In one example, metadata provided by a first user is only available to a second user having a relationship with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Tomkins, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar
  • Publication number: 20170076327
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to providing dynamic advertisements for comparison. In one example, a request is received for selecting advertisement. The request incorporates a query. The query is analyzed to determine a category of product and determine one or more attributes of the category of product based on the query. At least one advertisement associated with the category of product is selected based on the one or more attributes and the request. An instruction on presentation of the at least one advertisement is generated in accordance with the one or more attributes. Information related to the instruction and the at least one advertisement is sent as a response to the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Frank Filippini, Jorge Angarita, Wayne Greenwood, Dan Parent, Lisa Giaffo, Erin P. Sheedy-Owen
  • Publication number: 20170078100
    Abstract: A providing device according to the present application includes a detecting unit and a providing unit. The detecting unit detects a function, from among functions used for communication with an authentication server that authenticates the identity of a user by verifying a signature of authentication result information that is information created by adding the signature using a predetermined key to an authentication result obtained by an authentication device that performs personal authentication on the user and that is information processed by a specific authentication procedure, that is not held by a terminal device that is used by the user. The providing unit provides the function detected by the detecting unit to the terminal device that is used by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi KUSUMI, Hidehito GOMI, Hiroshi UENO, Shuji YAMAGUCHI, Yusuke KONDO
  • Publication number: 20170078397
    Abstract: A measurement data collecting system includes a data receiving unit that receives first data measured by a first sensor and acquired at a mobile terminal, a measurement environment determining unit that determines environment of the mobile terminal when the first data is acquired based on second data measured by a second sensor and acquired at the mobile terminal. The measurement environment determining unit extracts first data in accordance with the environment from the first data received by the data receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota TSUBOUCHI, Kentaro NISHI
  • Publication number: 20170076578
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an acquiring unit that acquires motion information indicating a current motion of a user, a determining unit that compares the motion information acquired by the acquiring unit with standard information indicating a motion of the user in a predetermined state to determine the presence or absence of a state change of the user, and a calculating unit that, when the determining unit determines that a state change is present, calculates an area that the user visually recognizes based on sight line information concerning a sight line of the user contained in the motion information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota TSUBOUCHI, Kentaro NISHI
  • Publication number: 20170078844
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a specifying unit, a value determination unit, and an information providing unit. The specifying unit specifies a group of two or more users that behave together. The value determination unit determines value of the group specified by the specifying unit as an information provision destination. The information providing unit decides an information provision destination based on the value of the group determined by the value determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi OTA
  • Publication number: 20170078090
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to exchanging a key with a device. In one example, a secret value is generated. A message is transmitted to the device. The message includes information related to the secret value based on which the device is to create a cryptographic key. A visual code displayed on the device is captured. The visual code includes a first piece of information and a second piece of information. A key value is generated based on the first piece of information and the secret value. A test value is calculated based on the key value. It is determined whether the device is securely connected based on the test value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Garay, Payman Mohassel, David Gil
  • Publication number: 20170075913
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the embodiment includes a specifying unit, an acquisition unit, a determination unit, and a process unit. The specifying unit specifies two or more users that behave together. The acquisition unit acquires information on the two or more users specified by the specifying unit from a database that stores information on a plurality of users. The determination unit determines a relationship between the two or more users based on the information on the two or more users acquired by the acquisition unit. The process unit executes a process according to the relationship between the two or more users determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi OTA, Honami HOSHINO, Rie ANAI
  • Patent number: 9594835
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for executing a search query. In accordance with one embodiment, a search query is obtained. The search query is classified into one or more of a plurality of categories. The search query is executed for each of the one or more of the plurality of categories. Search results corresponding to the search query are obtained for each of the one or more of the plurality of categories. The search results are then provided for each of the one or more of the plurality of categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Murdock, Lluis Garcia, Barbara Poblete, Vassilis Plachouras
  • Patent number: 9594832
    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 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rubin, Brian Hein
  • Patent number: 9594438
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which facilitate mobile applications displaying advertisements on a larger screen space without worrying about screen clutter or interference with application functionality. Motion events are triggered once a computerized device detects a threshold magnitude of tilt along a first, second, and/or third coordinate axis. A graphical display is presented to the user which includes at least one advertisement. Several embodiments of the graphical display include a three-dimensional object and full-screen display which are maintained so long as a magnitude of tilt of the computerized device is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Kiran B. Lonikar
  • Patent number: 9596308
    Abstract: Among other disclosures, a method may include collecting historical communication data and personal data relating to a portion of a plurality of communications, a sender of one or more of the communications or one or more recipients of the communications. The method may include generating a profile based on the collected historical communication data and personal data. The method may include receiving user input and incorporating the user input into the profile. The method may include presenting the profile including the user input in response to user behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brezina, Adam Smith, Gabor Cselle
  • Patent number: 9596205
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for managing mailing list newsletter messages for a recipient user, and organizing such messages in accordance with a receiving user's interests. The present disclosure enables novel organizational tools for emails by intuitively organizing received newsletters and providing highly visible features within a user's inbox respective the newsletters. Organization of received newsletters is ensured through ranking users' mailing lists according to his/her interest in them, based on actions made by the respective user, in addition to actions of other users receiving the same newsletters. Additionally, upon reception of such newsletters, the present disclosure provides a specialized view, in addition to added functionality within a user's inbox, thereby enhancing a user's experience and engagement with received messages of a newsletter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Zohar Karnin, Michal Aharon, Edo Liberty, Yoelle Maarek Smadja
  • Patent number: 9594730
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for assigning functional labels to segments of web pages in an application-independent way. In the approach described herein, one of a generic set functional labels are automatically assigned to each segment of a web page, where the generic functional labels may be topic-independent and application-independent. Applications with different needs can determine which segments of the web page to process based on which functional labels correspond to the types of information needed by each application. Thus, the work of classifying the function of each segment of a web page is separated from the work of selecting which segments satisfy the need of a particular application. The work of classification can be performed in an application-independent way, relieving the burden from every application developer from having to create their own classifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Suju Rajan, Scott J. Gaffney, Kunal Punera
  • Publication number: 20170068361
    Abstract: Systems and methods consistent with the present innovations are directed to implementations involving creation, viewing, playing, sharing and/or utilization of information modules, such as mixed-media modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Doug IMBRUCE, Owen Bossola, Rasmus Knuttsson, Hakim El Hattab, Tommy Chheng
  • Publication number: 20170068310
    Abstract: Systems and methods consistent with the present innovations are directed to implementations involving creation, viewing, playing sharing and/or utilization of information modules, such as mixed-media modules. A processor communicates a mixed-media module creator interface to a first client device. The mixed-media module creator interface is configured to enable a first user of the first client device to create a mixed-media module, the mixed-media module comprising both an updatable portion and a searchable portion, and communicating a mixed-media module player interface to a second client device, the mixed-media module player interface different than the mixed-media module creator interface and configured to enable a second user using the second client device to play the mixed-media module in a non-linear format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Doug Imbruce, Owen Bossola, Rasmus Knutsson, Hakim El Hattab, Tommy Chheng
  • Publication number: 20170070605
    Abstract: The present application provides techniques including a notification-needed information presenting apparatus that includes at least one information presenting unit capable of presenting information to an occupant of a vehicle, a notification-needed information acquiring unit that acquires notification-needed information, which is information that the occupant needs to be notified of through the information presenting unit in relation to operation of the vehicle, an occupant behavior determining unit that determines behavior of the occupant toward the information presenting unit, and a presentation controlling unit that controls the information presenting unit to present the notification-needed information to the occupant in accordance with the behavior of the occupant determined by the occupant behavior determining unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20170070352
    Abstract: A generation device according to the present application includes a storage unit and a generation unit. The storage unit stores information regarding an authentication module that carries out the authentication based on a result of the verification between registration data registered in advance and predetermined input data. The generation unit controls the generation of authentication result information which is information generated from the verification result acquired from the authentication module while serving as information to be processed through a specific authentication procedure used between the generation unit and an authentication server that carries out the personal authentication of a user using the authentication module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidehito GOMI, Hiroshi UENO, Shuji YAMAGUCHI, Takashi KUSUMI, Masato KAWASAKI, Wataru OGAMI, Yusuke KONDO
  • Patent number: 9588784
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing content for webpages are disclosed. The disclosed method includes providing a plurality of selections to set webpage personalization settings and receiving a user selection chosen from one of the plurality of selections. The plurality of selections is provided for a graphic user interface to be defined on a webpage. After receiving a request for a second webpage made by a user through a user device, the content for the second webpage is selected based on the received user selection. The content selection for the second webpage includes identifying two or more content modules for presenting on the second webpage and at least one of the identified content modules includes an associated content indicator. The selected content for the second webpage is then forwarded to the user device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Motgi, Hrishi Mantri
  • Patent number: 9591086
    Abstract: Among other disclosures, a method may include collecting historical communication data and personal data relating to a portion of a plurality of communications, a sender of one or more of the communications or one or more recipients of the communications. The method may include depositing the collected data into a repository of historical communication data and personal data. The method may include customizing an electronic communication based on one or more items in the repository, in response to user behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Brezina, Adam Smith
  • Patent number: 9589322
    Abstract: Briefly, the disclosure describes embodiments of methods or apparatuses for processing, such as smoothing, a set of labeled measurements at a variety of scale levels. In one or more non-limiting embodiments purely for illustrative purposes, relatively fine details of labeled measurements may be displayed utilizing a relatively low-scale map, such as a map showing individual towns and/or villages. For display utilizing a relatively higher scale map, such as a map showing larger geopolitical areas, for example, relatively fine details may be omitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Rae, Bart Thomee
  • Patent number: 9591362
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system, method and computer program for enabling a user (100) (an auditor or a viewer) to access complementary information related to one or a plurality of sequences or topics of interest (102) in a recorded program (103) previously broadcast on the radio or television and played back on a device, such as an audio or video tape or disk recorder/player (104). The preferred embodiment of the invention relates to a system and method for enabling a person (100) listening to or watching a recorded program (103), to select one or a plurality of topics (101) (102) drawing his or her attention and for immediately receiving further information related to these topics from the World Wide Web. The system is based on the synchronization of local times (204) (205) of transmitters (201) and recorders (203). The flow of information transmitted, received and recorded is always synchronized, independently of the relative positions of recorders and transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC
    Inventor: Fernando Incertis Carro
  • Publication number: 20170064277
    Abstract: Systems and methods consistent with the present innovations are directed to implementations involving creation, viewing, playing, sharing and/or utilization of information modules, such as mixed-media modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Doug IMBRUCE, Owen Bossola, Rasmus Knuttsson, Hakim El Hattab, Tommy Chheng
  • Patent number: 9584590
    Abstract: A software based system for facilitating streaming of media files to a device over a wide area network (WAN) includes an agent process, an authentication process, a client services process and a client process. The agent process catalogs local media files and advises the authentication process of it's availability on the WAN and the address at which it may be contacted. The client process contacts the client services process to obtain, after authenticating with it, the WAN address of the agent process and contacts the agent process to receive information or meta-data describing the media files available for streaming. The client process obtains information for forming a URI or playlist, that it then passes to a media player to request the stream over the WAN. Alternately, the client process may direct the agent process to pass the URL to another client process on, for example, the same local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Lord, Ian C. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9582818
    Abstract: A multiphase interactive advertisement includes a first phase having a first graphical interface and a second phase having a second graphical interface including at least a streaming media component space. In an exemplary embodiment, the second phase has a dimension that is greater than a dimension of the first phase. The multiphase interactive advertisement further includes a streaming media component incorporated into the streaming media component space of the second phase. The multiphase interactive advertisement, and specifically, the streaming media component, is generated using a software player engine that includes a core set of player variables and controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Alan Scott Florschuetz, Christopher J. Manchini
  • Patent number: 9584343
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for providing information associated with an attachment (e.g., attachment received through an instant message system, online collaboration tool, electronic message and the like). A sidebar may allow a user to view comprehensive profile and content information associated with the attachment using an attachment information viewer. The sidebar also may allow the user to switch between a message attachment information view (e.g., to facilitate browsing of the document or attachment) and a person profile information view (e.g., to facilitate browsing of personal or public data).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Brezina, Adam Smith
  • Patent number: 9582772
    Abstract: An information retrieval device includes a degree-of-association information storage unit capable of storing an item(s) of degree-of-association information indicating a degree of association between each of an item(s) of first information and each of an item(s) of second information; an accepting unit that accepts a query including an item(s) of query information which is/are an item(s) of information used for retrieval of content; a query converter that obtains, by using an item(s) of first information corresponding to each of the item(s) of query information, and the item(s) of degree-of-association information, an item(s) of second information whose degree of association with the item(s) of first information is greater as a predetermined condition is better satisfied; and a retrieval unit that retrieves content by using the item(s) of second information obtained by the query converter. Accordingly, content necessary for a user can be retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Hotta, Yukihiro Tagami, Shingo Hoshino, Yusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9582815
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that include targeting a user of a mobile electronic device with an interest-based advertisement, based at least in part on various call logs on a user device. Techniques are provided in which a set of calls from a user's call log from a mobile device are assigned to one or more categories indicative of potential user interests for the purposed of targeted advertisements. The usage pattern of the user's call log takes into account the time of the day, week, and/or month that the user tends to make particular calls to determine recurring patterns and calculate individual metrics for comparison with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Allie K. Watfa, Dale Nussel, Mangesh Pardeshi, Jonathan Kilroy
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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