Patents Assigned to Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9940575
    Abstract: As provided herein, a domain model, corresponding to a domain of an image, may be merged with a pre-trained fundamental model to generate a trained fundamental model. The trained fundamental model may comprise a feature description of the image converted into a binary code. Responsive to a user submitting a search query, a coarse image search may be performed, using a search query binary code derived from the search query, to identify a candidate group, comprising one or more images, having binary codes corresponding to the search query binary code. A fine image search may be performed on the candidate group utilizing a search query feature description derived from the search query. The fine image search may be used to rank images within the candidate group based upon a similarity between the search query feature description and feature descriptions of the one or more images within the candidate group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JenHao Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9939277
    Abstract: A system and method generates and recommends a short and pleasant path between a source s and destination d in a geo-location such as a city or city center. The routes are not only short but emotionally pleasant, offering an engaging user experience, going beyond just showing paths on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Maria Aiello, Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella
  • Patent number: 9940372
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for automatically determining when to trigger instant search. In one technique, while a user is entering text to formulate a search query, and prior to receiving an indication that the user has completed formulation of the search query, a search assistant system determines the most popular queries that include the text the user has already entered. The search assistant system then determines whether to proactively provide, to the user, search results for the top-candidate of those completed queries. That determination may take into account factors such as whether the top-candidate qualifies as a dominant completed query, a richness metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query, and/or a satisfaction metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Shenhong Zhu, Kazuhiro Nakao, Zhongqiang Chen, Chun Ming Sze, Huming Wu, Farzin Maghoul
  • Publication number: 20180095967
    Abstract: A system and method for ranking query-advertisement combinations is disclosed. Embodiments use an online component to enhance and rank query ad combinations. The query ad combination is then reranked with a trained factorization machine. The subsequent list of ranked query-ad combinations is then output. The output may be to an auction for determine ad-query combinations having the greatest expected revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagaraj KOTA
  • Patent number: 9935793
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to identifying entities in content, highlighting the identified entities, and displaying an interactive chat session based on a selected entity. The interactive chat session and the content may be displayed in the same browser window. The interactive chat session may be overlaid on top of the content, inserted inline into the content, or otherwise embedded within the content. The content and the interactive chat session may both remain active in the browser window, enabling a user to conveniently read and chat about the content. The topic of the interactive chat session may be automatically selected from a hierarchical taxonomy of chat session topics, or the user may select the topic from one or more provided taxonomies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Vadim Von Brzeski, Reiner Kraft
  • Patent number: 9922096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a web browser-based scheme for combining structured data, infographic definitions, and visual styling information to render infographics and aggregate collections of infographics, referred to herein as “Vizumes” and “Personas.” In exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, a relational database and/or a file system stores user data, infographic definitions, templates and palettes; combines these elements to produce individual infographic representations or a collection of infographic/visualizations (Vizumes) on a single canvas; allows users to choose different infographic visualizations of the same underlying data; and allows users to change the layout, font style, and color palette to instantly produce different visual presentations from the same data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Silverstein, D. Eli Tucker, Jeff Cutler-Stamm
  • Patent number: 9924309
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for location tracking. In one embodiment, an apparatus receives a message sent to a user of a mobile device in a wireless network, and a processor determines at least one location parameter. Data is extracted from the message, and initiation of a computing function (e.g., transmission of a communication to the mobile device) is triggered by a match between the location and the data from the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Sol Lipman, David Robinson, Jeffrey Bonforte, Victor Chen
  • Patent number: 9916364
    Abstract: News search and browse experience is personalized based on user preferences. User attributes like a geographic location are obtained and news sources preferred by other users with attributes similar to those of a requesting user are identified. News sources that are popular across different user groups are eliminated and relevant news items from the remaining news sources are retrieved and presented to the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Srinivas Vadrevu, Su-Lin Wu, Ben Shahshahani
  • Patent number: 9916309
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method for summarizing an electronic document includes splitting the electronic document into a plurality of terms, wherein each of the plurality of terms is associated with a respective length, a respective informativeness score, and a respective coherence score, automatically selecting a subset of the plurality of terms, such that an aggregate informativeness score of the subset is maximized while an aggregate length of the subset is less than or equal to a maximum length, and arranging the subset as a summary of the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Inderjeet Mani, Eugenio Ciurana, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Bart K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9910898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for building a latent item vector and item bias for a new item in a collaborative filtering system are disclosed. The method includes dividing incoming users into intervals with each interval having a learning phase and a selection phase. The learning phase scores each incoming user according to a best estimate latent vector and bias and saves the highest score. In the selection each incoming user is scored and a user exceeding the highest score is selected. The best estimate latent vector and bias is then updated based on the user's vector and bias, and the user's interaction with the item. The updated best estimate latent vector is then used in further intervals for learning and selecting users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Oren Shlomo Somekh, Michal Aharon, Shahar Golan, Noa Avigdor-Elgrabli, Dana Drachsler Cohen
  • Patent number: 9912758
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to continuing a user session of an application from one device to another device. Information related to a first user session of a first application installed on a first device is received. The first user session information may indicate content and content presentation provided via the first application. A request, based on a pre-defined URL, for the first session information is received from a second device. Responsive to the request, the information related to the first user session is provided to the second device so that a second user session of a second application at the second device provides the same content in the same presentation as in the first user session. The first and second user sessions both may be associated with a same specific user identity, and the first and second applications have at least one common function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Ric Allinson
  • Patent number: 9911223
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content generating, searching, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across 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 provide systems and methods for automatically extracting and creating an animated Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) file from a media file. The disclosed systems and methods identify a number of GIF candidates from a video file, and based on analysis of each candidate's attributes, features and/or qualities, at least one GIF candidate is automatically selected for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Yale Song, Michael Gygli, Liangliang Cao
  • Patent number: 9912766
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for matching clicks of links on a webpage with page views by a user. The method may comprise identifying a link on a webpage requested by a client device, generating a link identifier for the link and attaching the link identifier to the link. Upon receiving a request for data associated with the link, the link identifier is stored in a log file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Nagaraj, Nanda Kumar Jayakumar, Kian-Tat Lim, George Goldenberg, Adam Rosen, Joonsuk Bae
  • Publication number: 20180060411
    Abstract: A system for generating a cluster profile is provided. The system may include a server and a database. The server may be configured to receive event information from a plurality of consumer devices. The database may store a plurality of member profiles. The server may be configured to retrieve the member profiles from the database and may determine a subset of member profiles to associate with a cluster; the server may calculate an intersection of the facts from the subset of member profiles and may generate a cluster profile based on the intersection of the facts from the subset of member profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaylan Kanuri, Wendell Baker, Alvaro Mendez, Gergely Timar
  • Patent number: 9905200
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content searching, generating, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across 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 provide systems and methods for automatically filtering a compressed media file for perceptual display of the media content in a modified, higher-resolution format. The disclosed systems and methods apply novel visual filtering techniques to a compressed media file that enable the display of the rendered media content to appear to be displayed as a modified, higher-resolution version of itself without actually modifying the compressed media file during rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Stein, Tony Ke, Vinay Pulim
  • Patent number: 9904939
    Abstract: A system for targeting advertising can include a communications interface and a processor. The communications interface can receive data associated with times of use of applications. The processor can be communicatively coupled to the communications interface and can categorize the applications by genres. The categorization is within a time of use group and is based on at least part of the retrieved data. The processor can also determine priority values associated with the genres based on levels of use of the applications during a period of time associated with the time of use group. The processor can also identify a current time and determine an advertisement according to at least one genre of the genres. The at least one genre can be associated with a highest priority value of the determined priority values. The period associated with the time of use group can correspond to the identified current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Allie K. Watfa, Jonathan Kilroy, Dale Nussel, Anupam Seth
  • Publication number: 20180052823
    Abstract: Systems and methods for domain classification in natural language processing based on domains are disclosed. The method includes generating a trigram corpus for the purpose of classification based on a trigram analysis of a domain model containing a hierarchical ontology and semantic construction that maps patterns of semantic tokens to syntactic patterns. An input string is parsed within each domain, tokenized in each domain. The resulting trigrams for the input text in each domain are looked up in the corresponding trigram corpus to determine the relevancy of each domain to the input text. The input string is thus classified based on the relevancy determination. The systems and methods avoids having to rely on existing annotated domain corpora for classification and allows for fast regeneration of the classifier when domain models are under frequent update and development.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Scally, Nicholas L. Cassimatis, Richard Caneba, Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu
  • Patent number: 9894025
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for email management. The disclosed systems and methods enable a user to follow messages and message conversations based on, but not limited to, a context of the received messages, content included in the messages, the sender of the messages, intended recipients of the message, and the like. Therefore, the present disclosure describes systems and methods for enabling a recipient user to follow messages, topics or other users from the recipient user's inbox. Accordingly, followed topics or messages from followed users can be grouped into message conversations within the recipient user's inbox. Whenever there is an update in a followed conversation, the recipient user will be notified. By determining which messages a user desires to follow, the disclosed systems and methods can identify the interests of users by leveraging information from the followed messages for advertising purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Janarthanam Ramalingam, Sudharsan Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 9887991
    Abstract: As provided herein, a first device may be registered as authorized to authenticate a user login into a service from a second device (e.g., a smart phone may be used to log the user into a webmail service on a computer without the user having to enter a password through the computer). Responsive to the user attempting to access the service through the second device, a login interface may be displayed on the first device. The user may confirm or deny that the user wants to log into the service on the second device, thus allowing the user to seamlessly log into the service on the second device (e.g., without entering a password) while mitigating unauthorized logins into the service from unknown devices. Further, the user may use the first device to delegate the authority to authenticate the user login into the service to one or more other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stephen Allinson, Chris Stoner, Manoj Palki
  • Patent number: 9880702
    Abstract: In one example, a content navigation interface apparatus includes display logic for displaying selections for accessing a first entry of a content structure and a second entry of the content structure, wherein the second entry is a sub-entry of the first entry. The apparatus further including selection logic for determining the second entry for display based on a user characteristic (e.g., history, user profile, etc.). The first entry may be associated with a first level of a hierarchical content structure, and the second entry associated with a second level of the hierarchical content structure. In one example, the first entry is associated with a broad content category and the second entry associated with content, such as a media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Torsten Both, Christian Lindholm, Bernd Scheibe, Torsten Schulz