Patents Assigned to CBS Interactive, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10108719
    Abstract: A system and method operates on a client device and acquires a suspect list of user products based on information derived from the client device. The system normalizes the list, and the user confirms the accuracy of the product list. The user product list is sent to a server where the user product list is compared to other lists using collaborative filtering techniques. The collaborative filtering techniques determine products of interest for the use and the level of interest of the user. The system computes a similarity measure based upon the number of similar products that match the user's product list and rankings provided by the user and others. Demographic and behavioral data may also be used in performing the comparison and the similarity measure. The system acquires editorial rankings of products from other users and provides a ranked list of recommended products based upon the editorial rankings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bedard, Greg Kasavin, Patrick Cashman Andrus
  • Publication number: 20180214778
    Abstract: A method, executed on a computing device, includes calculating a selection time period as a function of a time bank allotment for a user profile, a defined time for a selection, and a number of available selections; sending a notification to a client device indicating that the selection time period is initiated at a first time; receiving a selection from the client device at a second time; updating the time bank allotment according to a used time, the used time comprising an amount of time between the first time and the second time; decrementing the number of available selections; and updating the user profile with the received selection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Brijesh Sutaria, Ryan Collado, Louis Miller, Grant Gurtin, Ray Solebello
  • Patent number: 10032207
    Abstract: A product placement engine and method for automatically identifying products for association with a document, the engine including a parser, an analysis module adapted to determine word scores and to adjust the word scores of the words by predetermined weightings, a keyword constructor module adapted to construct a keyword query search string using words having the highest word scores, a search engine adapted to search a products database having product records to identify products satisfying the keyword query search string and assign product scores, and a post processing module adapted to identify word matches in each of the product records and the document and update the product score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh
  • Patent number: 10009394
    Abstract: An apparatus to broadcast live event data in real-time includes one or more processor circuits; and a subscription component operatively executing on a processor circuit to receive a topic entry from a message queue server, and to push the topic entry to a subscribed client device substantially simultaneously with the message queue server receiving the topic entry from a live data source. The apparatus may also include a communication component operatively coupled to a processor circuit to open a connection with the client device, and receive a request for a topic from the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Darin Spivey
  • Patent number: 9978074
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to an automated A/B testing system using a combination of classical and alternative statistical analysis to control the performance A/B tests. An apparatus includes a processor circuit; and logic to commence collection of a specified number of samples of user responses to multiple versions of a user interface in a test, employ an alternative statistical analysis to analyze the samples as they are collected, determine whether a proposed version elicits a statistically significant improvement in user response over a control version, terminate the test before the specified number of samples are collected in response to a statistically significant improvement over the control version elicited by the proposed version, and complete collection of the specified number of samples and employ a classical statistical analysis to analyze the samples in response to the proposed version not eliciting the statistically significant improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Lyon, Ron H. Rothman
  • Publication number: 20180130073
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for recommending assets for a user include receiving the user's recently viewed assets list for a web domain that includes a plurality of assets; calculating a score for each asset in the web domain having an overlap of user interest based on mutual information; generating a set of neighbors for each item in the recently viewed assets list using the score; calculating a strength for each set of neighbors using the sum of the score for each neighbor in the set; generating an asset recommendation using the neighbor set with the highest score; and transmitting the asset recommendation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Cristen Carvis, Clifford Lyon
  • Patent number: 9965567
    Abstract: A content management system generates views of digital content for presentation on a user client. The content management system includes different publication templates having different layouts for presenting content on different types of viewing devices. The publication template is based on a layout, which specifies a spatial arrangement of sections. The publication template associates publication elements such as a leading article with sections of a layout. A view matches components such as an article with sections of a publication template based on a mapping between the components and publication elements associated with the sections. The content management system generates different views for different types of viewing devices. The content management system also analyzes interactions between user clients, components, and views, and the content management system includes an analytics interface to present data about these interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Charles Christolini, Peter Yared, Trent Ruane
  • Patent number: 9953349
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for creating a page including content includes the steps of inserting, with a computing device, one or more placeholders in the page, requesting, with a computing device, parameters, receiving, with a computing device, meta data in response to the step of requesting parameters, creating, with a computing device, frames in the page based on the meta data at positions corresponding to the placeholders, requesting, with a computing device, content, receiving, with a computing device, content in response to the request for content, and placing the content in the frames for display on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Monica Stroud, Eric Harper
  • Patent number: 9948739
    Abstract: A system to aggregate and broadcast live event data in real-time includes an aggregator host server having one or more processor circuits; and an aggregator component executing on a processor circuit to: receive a plurality of data payloads, from topic entries associated with a plurality of subscribed topics associated with a live event, from a message queue server; aggregate the plurality of data payloads into a new aggregated topic entry; and publish the new aggregated topic entry to an aggregated topic at the message queue server, when the aggregator component has a publisher role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Darin Spivey
  • Patent number: 9904680
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to automated identification and prediction of game milestones, and to automated presentation of those predictions and of the milestones as they are achieved. A method comprises searching statistical data for an indication of a milestone specified in an alerts data towards achievement of which an extent of progress has been made; identifying the milestone in the statistical data; predicting a time required to achieve the milestone; comparing the predicted time required to a condition specified in the alerts data; comparing the predicted time required to an indication of time that remains in scheduled game events in a game season in a scheduling data; and transmitting an alert that predicts achievement of the milestone based on the predicted time required meeting the condition and on the time that remains in the season providing at least the predicted time required. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Marcus Crossley
  • Patent number: 9892759
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to use of ancillary information related to play of a game event in which actions in the game are timestamped to enable synchronized presentation alongside an audio/visual program of the game event. An apparatus includes logic to receive a program data comprising a video recording of a game event, receive ancillary data including an indication of an action related to play of the game event, a first timestamp indicating a first time for start of the video recording, and a second timestamp indicating a second time for the action; visually present the video recording in a first portion of the display; and use the first and second timestamps to synchronize a visual presentation of the action in a second portion of the display with a depiction of the action in the visual presentation of the video recording. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Marcus Crossley
  • Publication number: 20180018399
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and media for updating content of a page composed of markup language in response to a triggering event method include: receiving a request that indicates a triggering event; determining the type of triggering event based on the request; determining at least one page element from amongst plural page elements of the page to be updated based on the request; generating a response to the request, the response including metadata indicating the at least one page element and the content of the at least one page element, the content of the at least one page element being composed of the markup language; and transmitting the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Hamm, Andrew Lottmann
  • Patent number: 9866923
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating links to points in a video stream corresponding to actual programming events of a show playing, played, or about to be played in the live video stream, improving the utility of streaming by enabling viewers to view information specifically related to a story and easily navigate to the start of the story within the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Nayak, Cristyan Nevers, Robert Accettura
  • Patent number: 9805135
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and media for updating content of a page composed of markup language in response to a triggering event method include: receiving a request that indicates a triggering event; determining the type of triggering event based on the request; determining at least one page element from amongst plural page elements of the page to be updated based on the request; generating a response to the request, the response including metadata indicating the at least one page element and the content of the at least one page element, the content of the at least one page element being composed of the markup language; and transmitting the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Chris Hamm, Andrew Lottmann
  • Publication number: 20170255707
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, a computer system, and computer code stored on tangible, non-transient media, for determining bandwidth of a page load for a specific feature associated with the page. Network traffic associated with requests of a loading of a page to be displayed on a device is monitored. Requests of the loaded page are assigned to an associated function of the page. A set parameters associated with loading of each of the plural features is determined and a scoring function is applied to each set of parameters to determine a raw score. The raw score is normalized into a performance score for the corresponding feature in accordance with a standard total performance score for the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Trestor, John Landgrave
  • Patent number: 9712885
    Abstract: An apparatus to decode closed captioning data from video data and receive advertisement according to the decode closed captioning data includes a processor circuit; and a video display component for execution on the processor circuit to receive video data from a media server, the video data including closed captioning (CC) data. The apparatus further includes a CC decoder component for execution on the processor circuit to decode the CC data to obtain text; and an ad requesting component for execution on the processor circuit to: parse the text to obtain words; provide the words to the media server; receive an advertisement from the media server; and display the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Leung, Hanson Wong
  • Patent number: 9686571
    Abstract: Techniques to selectively provide a video feed to broadcasting equipment are disclosed. A master control switcher may receive video feeds from video servers containing video content. The master control switcher may select one of the video feeds to output. At least one localized switcher may also receive video feeds from the video servers and select one of the video feeds to output. One of the video feeds supplied to the localized switcher(s) is the output from the master control switcher. An air server may receive video feeds from the master control switcher and the at least one localized switcher and out put the video feeds to separate broadcasting equipment. The video feeds may be arranged to reflect a schedule of programming for a local television station. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Chase
  • Patent number: 9619467
    Abstract: A dynamic classification dictionary is built for use in profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to the manner in which the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated into a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the dynamic classification dictionary is built by storing the composite set of taxonomic nouns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CBS INTERACTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Tushar Pradhan, Thomas Osborne, John Potter
  • Patent number: 9576076
    Abstract: A catalog taxonomy organized in a tree-like configuration including at least one first tier product category having at least one first tier attribute associated with products in the first tier category, and a plurality of second tier product categories branching from the first tier product category and defining subcategories, at least one of the plurality of second tier product categories having a second tier attribute associated with products in a subcategory defined by the plurality of second tier product categories, wherein each of the second tier product categories inherits the first tier attribute of the first tier product category from which the plurality of second tier product categories branches. In addition, a system and method utilizing such catalog taxonomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh
  • Patent number: 9509548
    Abstract: A technique to determine trending data based on the aggregation of RSS feeds received from a networking site or system is described. A computer-implemented method monitors a link path from a source for a request feed. The request feed is read and a determination is made as to which one or more of a plurality of web sites the request feed is associated with. The number of request feeds associated with particular ones of the plurality of web sites is aggregated. A determination is made, based on the number of aggregated request feeds what multimedia content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: John Clayton Webster