Facebook Patents

Facebook, Inc. operates a social media website and mobile app that enables people to connect, share and discover opinions, ideas, photos and videos. The company also owns Instagram, a mobile application for sharing photos and videos, as well as WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application.

Facebook Patents by Type

  • Facebook Patents Granted: Facebook patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Facebook Patent Applications: Facebook patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 9769323
    Abstract: Techniques for zero rating through redirection are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a client proxy component operative to receive a proxy network packet from a local gateway application on a client device, the proxy network packet containing an application network packet for delivery to a network server device; and forward the application network packet to the network server device based on a determination that a local user application is authorized to use the proxy server device; and a proxy access component operative on the processor circuit to determine that the application network packet is associated with the local user application on the client device; and determine that the local user application is authorized to use the proxy server device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Lior Tubi, Dekel Schmuel Naar, Roi Tiger, Guy Rosen, Joshua Ryan Lauer, Xiaoliang Wei
  • Patent number: 9769103
    Abstract: An online system provides a user with access to applications associated with third parry systems via the online system and generates an identifier that identifies the user to a third party system without providing the third party system with information personally identifying the user. Using an identifier that identifies an additional user to the third party system, an online system user may invite the additional user to use an application associated with the third party system without installing the application on the additional user's client device. When the user invites the additional user to use the application, the online system sends the third party system associated with the application the identifier identifying the additional user to the third party system. If the additional user accepts the invitation, the online system or third party system provides application content to the additional user via a frame on the additional user's client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishu Gupta, Niket Biswas
  • Patent number: 9769104
    Abstract: An electronic message may be reconfigured to effect an enhanced notification using an input interface to receive at least one electronic message created by or on behalf of a message source for delivery to an intended recipient. A matching engine determines whether the electronic message corresponds to a predetermined definition of an enhanced notification. An enhancement engine reconfigures the electronic message to the enhanced notification if stored information related to the intended recipient indicates that the intended recipient is subscribed to receive the enhanced notification. Reconfiguring the electronic message may include reconfiguring the message to provide special handling, routing or presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Muhammad Mohsin Hussain
  • Patent number: 9766783
    Abstract: A map interface presents a geographic map with markers identifying geographic locations associated with content items. When the geographic distance between two or more content items is less than a threshold distance, multiple content items are grouped to create an aggregated content item. Based on the geographic locations associated with the grouped content items, a geographic location is associated with the aggregated content item. A single marker identifies the geographic location for the aggregated content item on the geographic map. When a user viewing the map interface accesses the single marker, content selected from the content items combined to generated the aggregated content item is presented as well as the geographic location associated with the aggregated content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Watson, Jonathan McCord, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Ross David Bayer
  • Patent number: 9767487
    Abstract: An online system enables developers of third-party applications to specify online system users to receive advertisements. The online system generates and sends a user-specific identifier for online system users that use a third-party application when an advertiser associated with the third-party application requests a user-specific identifier from the online system. For example, the online system retrieves user identifying information associated with a client device identifier provided by an advertiser and generates a user identifier by encrypting the retrieved user identifying information. The advertiser may include one or more user-specific identifiers in an advertisement request sent to an online system to present an advertisement in the advertisement request to online system users corresponding to the user-specific identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Schechter, Benjamin Golub, Vladimir Fedorov, Jason Scott Sobel
  • Patent number: 9767152
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system comprises a database operative to maintain a social graph, a leader cache layer comprising one or more leader cache clusters, and a follower cache layer comprising one or more follower cache clusters, wherein the leader cache layer is operative to, communicate social graph information between the follower cache cluster and the database, wherein each follower cache cluster maintains at least a portion of the social graph, receive a request from one of the follower cache clusters to store social graph information in the database, update the database storing the social graph responsive to the request, and update one or more of the follower cache clusters storing the portion of the social graph associated with the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkateshwaran Venkataramani, George Cabrera, III, Venkatasiva Prasad Chakkabala, Mark Marchukov
  • Patent number: 9767218
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining rankings for a plurality of objects of a social-networking system, where the social-networking system includes a social graph that includes a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges connecting the nodes. Each object corresponds to a node of the social graph, and each ranking for each object is determined based on a number of edges being connected to the node to which the respective object corresponds. The objects are stored in a plurality of partitions of a database, where each partition stores only objects having a particular ranking. The objects are indexed in the partitions by a plurality of search indices that each index only a particular one of the plurality of partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Bogh Lassen, Spencer Greg Ahrens
  • Patent number: 9767305
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can detect a set of images locally stored on a computing system. The computing system can be associated with a first user. One or more facial recognition processes can be applied to the set of images. It can be determined, based on the one or more facial recognition processes, that a subset of images, out of the set of images, is associated with a second user. One or more options for the first user to share the subset of images with the second user can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Lin He, Zachary W. Gomez, Ashwin Bharambe, Laura Javier
  • Patent number: 9767839
    Abstract: A multi-rack assembly with an inter-rack gear track system comprising a first rack, a second rack, and at least one intermediate rack positioned between the first and second racks and releasably interconnectable with each other. A segmented gear track extends from the first rack to the second rack. A compression segment is slidably coupled to the first rack and positioned against a biasing member. A clamping segment is slidably coupled to the second rack, and an intermediate segment is slidably coupled to the intermediate rack. A clamping mechanism moves the clamping segment against the intermediate segment forcing the compression segment against the biasing member and clamping the compression segment, the intermediate segment, and clamping segments together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 9767357
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can calculate raw scores for a plurality of media items based on a classifier model and a target concept. The plurality of media items are ranked based on the raw scores. A review set of the plurality of media items is determined, the review set comprising a subset of the plurality of media items. Each of the media items of the review set is associated with a content depiction determination. A normalized score formula is calculated based on the raw scores and the content depiction determinations for the media items of the review set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc
    Inventors: Nikhil Johri, Balamanohar Paluri, Lubomir Bourdev
  • Patent number: 9767205
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Raylene Kay Yung, Ryan Case, Jeff Huang, Samuel Lessin, Ryan David Mack, Paul M. McDonald, Serkan Piantino, Arun Vijayvergiya, Joshua Wiseman, Steven Young, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • Patent number: 9767848
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can initiate a video capture mode that provides a camera view. A touch gesture can be detected via a touch display. A drawing can be rendered based on the touch gesture. The drawing can be rendered to appear to overlay the camera view. A first video image frame can be acquired based on the camera view. At least a portion of the first video image frame and the drawing can be combined to produce a first combined frame. The drawing can appear to overlay the first video image frame. The first combined frame can be stored in a video buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9769122
    Abstract: An online system receives from a third-party application on a client device, an anonymous login request to anonymously log a user of the online system into a third-party system associated with the third-party application. Responsive to receiving the anonymous login request, the online system generates a permissions user interface (UI) that provides an interface component including an option for the user to anonymously log into the third-party system using the user's login information for the online system. The online system provides the permissions UI to the client device, and receives permissions information from the client device. The online system generates an anonymous identifier that allows the user to login to the third-party system. The online system provides the anonymous identifier to the third-party application to allow anonymous login of the user into the third-party system in accordance with the permissions information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Rothrock Winner, James J. Yu, Tirunelveli R. Vishwanath, Christophe Marcel Rene Tauziet, David Eitan Poll, Mark Ginga Misawa Duppenthaler, Ling Bao
  • Patent number: 9760723
    Abstract: Techniques for in-app user data authorization are described. An apparatus may comprise a processor circuit, a permissions component, and a token component. The permissions component may be operative on the processor circuit to receive a request from an application to perform a task on a device and to return a response to the request to the application based on active permissions for the application. The token component may be operative on the processor circuit to manage a token database and to determine the active permissions for the application based on the token database. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Edward Kenneth O'Neil, Vladimir Fedorov, Tirunelveli R. Vishwanath
  • Patent number: 9759267
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a torque limiting clutch for use with a robot arm. The torque limiting clutch includes a hub including a hub flange and a clamp plate slideably mounted on the hub. A drive member is rotatably mounted on the hub between the hub flange and the clamp plate. The drive member includes a plurality of gear teeth disposed around an annular clutch disc. A first friction disc is positioned between the hub flange and the annular clutch disc, and a second friction disc is positioned between the clamp plate and the annular clutch disc. A plurality of clamp fasteners extend through the hub flange and engage the clamp plate to exert a clamping force operative to urge the clamp plate toward the hub flange, thereby pressing the friction discs against the annular clutch disc in order to transfer torque between the gear teeth and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Wiley
  • Patent number: 9760639
    Abstract: An online social network is provided in which members of the online social network control who may view their personal information and who may communicate with them. The members control who may view their personal information by setting a visibility preference. A member may not view another member's full personal profile if the measure of relatedness between the two is greater than the visibility preference of the other member. The members also control who may communicate with them by setting a contactability preference. A member may not communicate with another member if the measure of relatedness between the two is greater than the contactability preference of the other member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Galbreath, Christopher Lunt
  • Patent number: 9760902
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing system receives a number of location updates sent by one or more users. These location updates may have different geographic locations, but refer to the same place or point of interest. Each location update corresponds to a user visit to the place or point of interest, and each location update is determined by a mobile client device of the corresponding user. The mobile client device may determine a location update by any one or more of a number of location methods available to the mobile client device. The computing system determines a ping compensation factor to be associated with the place or point of interest. The ping compensation factor is based on a total number of visits to the particular place, versus the subset of visits to the particular place determined by a first location method from the number of location methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominique Marcel Georgette Van de Sompel, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig
  • Patent number: 9762956
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device analyzes frames before and after a particular frame of a real-time video to identify one or more social network objects, and selects one or more frames before and after the particular frame based on social network information for further storage in the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Garrod Bosworth, David Harry Garcia, Oswald Soleio Cuervo
  • Patent number: 9762689
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or more computing systems receive a request for a location prediction for a user from a service. The computing systems access one or more real-time location signals and one or more aggregated location signals. The aggregated location signals may comprise one or more previous location signals. The computing systems may then generate one or more location predictions from the one or more real-time location signals and the one or more aggregated location signals, and calculate a single location prediction for the user from the one or more location predictions. The computing systems may then send, in response to the request, the single location prediction for the user to the requesting service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Moreels, Mukund Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 9762915
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can acquire a first media content item. First mage dimensions associated with the first media content item can be determined. A first compression amount to be applied to the first media content item can be determined based on the first image dimensions associated with the first media content item. The first compression amount can be variable based on the first image dimensions associated with the first media content item. The first media content item can be compressed based on the first compression amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Georges Edouard Maurice Berenger
  • Patent number: 9762588
    Abstract: When a request to connect a requesting user to a target user is received by the social networking system, information associated with the requesting user and with users connected to the target user is retrieved. A fraud probability score indicating a probability that the requesting user is impersonating a user connected to the target user is determined based on the information associated with the requesting user and with users connected to the target user. Based on the fraud probability score, a determination is made whether the requesting user is a suspected imposter and remedial action is taken if imposter is suspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Hudack, Samuel Lessin
  • Patent number: 9760964
    Abstract: A computing device receives a request for content for a content layout in a displayable region of a screen associated with the device. The device determines, based on application-tailored recycling policies, whether a recycler includes a display object that is suitable for recycling or re-use. If it does not, the device creates the display object and fills it with the content. If it does, and if the display object contains the content, the device updates elements of the display object as needed; otherwise, if the display object does not contain the content, the device fills the display object with the content and returns it. The recycling or re-using may also be performed with sub-elements of a display object, some of which may comprise nested display objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Qixing Du, Ashwin Bhat, Jonathan M. Kaldor, I Chien Peng, Joshua Li, Kang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9762562
    Abstract: Techniques for multi-protocol peer-to-peer connection are described. An apparatus may comprise a discovery component to discover a remote device using a first protocol, and receive discovery information from the remote device, the discovery information including protocol information. The apparatus may comprise an authentication component to authenticate the remote device. The apparatus may comprise a connection component to establish a peer-to-peer connection with the remote device using a second protocol based on the protocol information. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Yael Maguire, Damian Kowalewski, Bin Liu, Wai Davidgeolim Lim, Caitlin Elizabeth Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9758964
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a strut hanger for connecting a strut to a hanger rod includes a hook portion configured to engage the exterior surface of the hanger rod, a lever portion, a fulcrum disposed between the hook portion and lever portion, and a strut tab extending from the lever portion and configured to engage a strut. Load placed on the strut tab causes the lever portion to act against the fulcrum to force the hook portion against the hanger rod, thereby supporting the strut from the hanger rods without fasteners attached to the hanging rods. The strut hanger can include a clip extending from the lever portion to engage the hanger rod and maintain a minimum load on the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Magarelli, Scott C. Wiley
  • Patent number: 9763090
    Abstract: Techniques for determining and communicating presence are described. An apparatus may comprise a presence component and a display component. The presence component may be operative to determine whether a first user is present to receive short message service (SMS) messages on a mobile device. The display component may be operative to indicate to a second user whether the first user is present to receive SMS messages on the mobile device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Adriel Frederick, Antony Fu, Martin Rehwald, Denise Moreno, Surendra Gadodia
  • Patent number: 9754282
    Abstract: This invention concerns optimal ad selection for Web pages by selecting and updating an attribute set, obtaining and updating an ad-attribute profile, and optimally choosing the next ad. The present invention associates a set of attributes with each customer. The attributes reflect the customers' interests and they incorporate the characteristics that impact ad selection. Similarly, the present invention associates with each ad an ad-attribute profile in order to calculate a customer's estimated ad selection probability and measure the uncertainty in that estimate. An ad selection algorithm optimally selects which ad to show based on the click probability estimates and the uncertainties regarding these estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: John B. Ferber, Scott Ferber, Stein E. Kretsinger, Robert Luenberger, David Luenberger
  • Patent number: 9754283
    Abstract: An online system provides identifies multiple candidate budgets to an advertiser requesting presentation of advertisements via the online system. The advertiser may select a candidate budget used for presenting advertisements via the online system. A default budget may be identified from the candidate budgets to increase the likelihood of the advertiser selecting the default budget. The candidate budgets and the default budget are determined by the online system to maximize the likelihood that an advertiser elects to present advertisements via the online system or to maximize revenue received the online system for presenting advertisements from the advertiser. Various factors are specific to the advertiser, the object being advertised, and other contextual information may be used to determine the candidate budgets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Guo, Mark Kar Hong Wong, Zhi Zhong
  • Patent number: 9753918
    Abstract: A speech translation system and methods for cross-lingual communication that enable users to improve and customize content and usage of the system and easily. The methods include, in response to receiving an utterance including a first term associated with a field, translating the utterance into a second language. In response to receiving an indication to add the first term associated with the field to a first recognition lexicon, adding the first term associated with the field and the determined translation to a first machine translation module and to a shared database for a community associated with the field of the first term associated with the field, wherein the first term associated with the field added to the shared database is accessible by the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Waibel, Ian R. Lane
  • Patent number: 9754286
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure include methods and systems that allows for improved user navigation within a group of content items. For example, a content navigation system can identify a content item within a group of content items to provide to a user in response to a user interaction. In some embodiments, the content navigation system can identify a content item to provide to the user based on one or more factors, such as a characteristic of a user interaction and a relevance of a content item. In addition, the content navigation system can strategically provide advertisement content items to a user by adjusting one or more factors with respect to advertisement content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9753574
    Abstract: In one embodiment, logic embodied in a computer-readable non-transitory storage medium of a device determines a location of a touch gesture by a user within a touch-sensitive area of the device. The logic selects for the touch gesture based on its location within the touch-sensitive area one of a plurality of pre-determined offsets, the pre-determined offsets being specific to the device, the pre-determined offsets being derived from device-specific empirical data on usage of the device by a plurality of users, and the pre-determined offsets being pre-loaded onto the device. The logic applies the pre-determined offset to the location of the touch gesture to determine a touch input intended by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Majd Taby, Henry Bridge, Jasper Reid Hauser
  • Patent number: 9751012
    Abstract: Techniques to interact with an application via messaging are described. An apparatus may comprise an application support component and a communication component. The application support component may be operative to generate an image representing a state of an application and to update the state of the application according to a text command. The communication component may be operative to transmit the image to a client device via a messaging system as an image attachment to a first message and to receive a second message from the client device via the messaging system, the second message comprising the text command. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Oded Blayer, Ittai Golde, Ran Makavy, Amir Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 9754259
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can acquire historical data including a plurality of features associated with known legitimate activities and with known illegitimate activities. A machine learning technique can be applied to the historical data to gain information about the plurality of features associated with the known legitimate activities and with the known illegitimate activities. A decision tree can be generated based on at least a portion of the information about the plurality of features. A node in the decision tree that satisfies specified precision criteria can be identified. A rule can be created based on the node. One or more illegitimate activities can be identified based on the rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Adam Jenson
  • Patent number: 9753697
    Abstract: Markup language documents including server side scripting code using PHP syntax are executed efficiently in response to requests received by a server. The processing of the markup language document results in generation of a transformed markup language document that is returned in response to the request. The server side script code is input to a compiler that generates C++ code (or code in any object-based language based on C language) implementing the functionality of the server side script code. The C++ code is compiled to generated object code which is executed in order to process the markup language document. The generated C++ code includes functionality supported by PHP language including redeclaration of functions, dynamic variables, global variables, and the like. The generated C++ code invokes memory allocation code that allocates and deallocates objects obtained by instantiating the generated C++ classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Iain Andrew Russell Proctor, Minghui Yang, Haiping Zhao
  • Patent number: 9753609
    Abstract: A mechanism directed to extracting and displaying media content of a news feed or other structured document in a scrollable media wheel frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9753972
    Abstract: Information may be presented to a user by receiving a selection of one or more terms passively displayed in a document, loading the terms to a search configuration, generating first results responsive to a user's predicted interest as expressed in the search configuration, and enabling display of the first results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Lara Mehanna
  • Patent number: 9754351
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can obtain a set of video frames at a first resolution. Process the set of video frames using a convolutional neural network to output one or more signals, the convolutional neural network including (i) a set of two-dimensional convolutional layers and (ii) a set of three-dimensional convolutional layers, wherein the processing causes the set of video frames to be reduced to a second resolution. Process the one or more signals using a set of three-dimensional de-convolutional layers of the convolutional neural network. Obtain one or more outputs corresponding to the set of video frames from the convolutional neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Balamanohar Paluri, Du Le Hong Tran, Lubomir Bourdev, Robert D. Fergus
  • Patent number: 9756089
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes iteratively waiting for a time interval; sending a keep-alive message from a first computing device to a second computing device; and incrementing a current value of the time interval when the first computing device receives from the second computing device a response to a current keep-alive message sent during the current iteration, until the first computing device does not receive from the second computing device any responses to the current keep-alive message sent during the current iteration; and setting the current value of the time interval to a previous value of the time interval from an immediately-previous iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Daniel Brook, Mohit Talwar
  • Patent number: 9756139
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive, from a first user device associated with a first user, location data representing a current physical location of the first user. A request for the current physical location of the first user is received from a second user device associated with the second user. In response to the received selection, the current physical location of the first user based upon the shared location data is transmitted to the second user device. A selection of a third party service is received from the second user device. The current physical location of the first user is transmitted to a server associated with the third party service within a request for the third party service to send the a service or product to the current physical location of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Amir Hussain Memon
  • Patent number: 9752890
    Abstract: A method for identifying a result responsive to a current location of a client device includes receiving, form a client device and at a host, a search query that includes a point of interest and a current location of the client device. The method also includes automatically updating the search query as the current location of the client device changes and instructing the host to identify a potential location associated with the point of interest and located within a user-defined proximity from the current location of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Adrienne C. Meisels, Stephen J. Coughlin, George Fletcher, David S. Bill
  • Patent number: 9753992
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a data set comprising a list of objects matching a query, a pre-determined static-rank for each object calculated based on a static-scoring algorithm, and a final-rank for each object calculated based on a final-scoring algorithm, and revising the static-scoring algorithm based on a comparison of the static-ranks and the final-ranks of each object listed in the data set, where the static-scoring algorithm is revised in order to reduce a difference between the static-ranks and final-ranks of the objects listed in the data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Stewart
  • Patent number: 9753993
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or move computing devices receive, from a client device of a first user, a query corresponding to a first node type of a plurality of node types. The computer devices search one or more search indices to identify one or more nodes of a social graph matching the query. The search indices maintain an index of a plurality of nodes of the first node type, each node of the plurality of nodes having a static rank which is based at least in part on a pre-calculated value for each node. The computer devices send, to the client device of the first user for display, a search-results interface responsive to the received query. The search-results interface includes reference to one or more nodes each corresponding to the first node type and having a static rank greater than a threshold rank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sankar, Gintaras Andrius Woss, Rajat Raina, Maxim Gubin
  • Patent number: 9753995
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a client system of a user, an indication of the user accessing a query field at the client device of the user, generating a plurality of structured queries that each comprise references to one or more objects associated with the online social network, calculating a score for each structured query based on one or more user-engagement factors, and sending, to the client system responsive to the indication of the user accessing the query field, one or more suggested structured queries for display to the user, each suggested structured query having a score greater than a threshold score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yigal Dan Rubinstein, Sue Yee Young, Joshua Keith Duck, Sadi Khan, William R. Maschmeyer, Yuval Kesten, Keith L. Peiris, Kathryn Hymes
  • Patent number: 9754037
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a search query from a first user and identifying one or more second nodes that match the search query. The method includes determining one or more search intents of the search query. Search intent may be based on one or more topics associated with the identified nodes and one or more node-types of the identified nodes. The method includes generating one or more search results corresponding to the search query, the search-results being generated based on the determined search intents. The method includes sending a search-results page to the client system of the first user for display. The search-results page may include one or more of the generated search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Necip Fazil Ayan, Maxime Boucher, Xiao Li, Alexander Perelygin
  • Patent number: 9754043
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a client application renders a structured document in a graphical user interface, determines whether a select place marker element in the structured document is viewable within the graphical user interface; if the select place marker element is viewable, the client application retrieves and render the data object associated with the place marker element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Parker, Sam Odio, Adam Mosseri
  • Patent number: 9754125
    Abstract: An external system (such as a website) that interacts with users communicates with a social networking system to access information about the users, who may also be users of the social networking system. If a privacy setting is changed in the social networking system, and the change applies to information that has been shared with an external system, the change is enforced at the external system. For example, the external system may be notified that the information is invalid and must be deleted, or the external system may periodically request the information so that changes to the privacy settings are eventually experienced at the external systems. When an external system again needs the information, whether expired naturally or actively invalidated by the social network, the external system sends a new request for the information, which is subject to the (possibly revised) privacy settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Steven Vernal, Wei Zhu, James M. Leszczenski, Joshua E. Elman, David Brookes Morin, Charles Duplain Cheever, Ruchi Sanghvi
  • Patent number: 9755844
    Abstract: Techniques to transform network resource requests to zero rated network requests are described. Some embodiments are particularly directed to techniques transform network resource requests on a cellular network to zero rating by replacing the destination of the request with a zero-rated source for the network resource. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a data store and a network access component. The data store may be operative to store a plurality of zero-rating rewrite rules. The network access component may be operative to receive a network request from an application component on the mobile device, the network request for access to a network resource; compare the network resource to the plurality of zero-rating rewrite rules to identify a zero-rating rewrite rule matching the network resource; transform the network request to a zero-rated network request for the network resource using the identified zero-rating rewrite rule; and perform the zero-rated network request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shaheen A Gandhi, Luiz Fernando Scheidegger, Breno Pompeu Roberto, Peter Avelino Ruibal, Marcus Erwin Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9753606
    Abstract: Navigating on a display includes tracking motion of an input tool on a display, comparing a motion of the input tool to a threshold, and changing a position of the visible portion of a page of information on the display if the input tool motion exceeds the threshold. The position of the visible portion of the page of information on the display is constrained if the motion does not exceed the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Luigi Lira
  • Publication number: 20170250935
    Abstract: Techniques for messaging bots with interactions within a messaging app are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a user interface component operative to receive a messaging bot invocation in a message thread display on a client device; invoke a messaging bot interaction user interface on the client device in combination with the message thread display in response to the messaging bot invocation; receive a messaging bot interaction command via the messaging bot interaction user interface; and display a messaging bot interaction response in the message thread display; and a client messaging component operative to transmit the messaging bot interaction command from the client device to a messaging system; and receive the messaging bot interaction response from the messaging system at the client device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20170250936
    Abstract: Techniques for messaging bots with rich communication are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a message from a client device; and add the message to a message queue; a message queue monitoring component operative to monitor the message queue; detect that the message indicates messaging bot invocation; and submit the message to a bot framework component based on detecting that the message indicates messaging bot invocation; and the bot framework component operative to determine a messaging bot associated with the message; and submit the message to the messaging bot. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg, Matthew Steiner, Ilya Sukhar, Pooya Karimian
  • Patent number: 9747605
    Abstract: An online services system provides monitoring of user interaction with third-party content. The monitoring is performed by a script in a web page provided by the online services system, which script provides a timer invoked when the browser leaves the online services system's page for a page comprising third party content. When the online services system serves the page, the browser reads the HTML to render the page, including the script with the timer. When the user leaves the online services system page, the timer begins, and when the browser returns to a page provided by the online services system, the timer ends and duration information from the timer is provided to the online services system. Applications include measurement of the quality of interaction between users and a third party advertisers, in which time spent viewing third party content is a proxy for the quality of the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Carriero