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: 10264033
    Abstract: News feed stories are ranked so that new stories appear above previously viewed stories for users of a social networking system. Top news stories are selected by the social networking system based on a ranking algorithm that incorporates an analysis of affinities for interests, users, and entities in the social networking system based on user interactions. Other new stories are provided after the top new stories in a chronological order. For each user of the social networking system, a view state is recorded that includes the order of news feed stories provided to users. Based on the view state and received user input, the social networking system may determine whether to provide new news feed stories to a viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Schacht, Francis Luu, Lars Seren Backstrom, Mark Tonkelowitz
  • Patent number: 10264308
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for providing media presentations to users of a media presentation system. A media presentation generally includes a one or more media streams provided by one or more capturing users of the media presentation system. In one or more embodiments, a user of the media presentation system may share a media presentation with a viewing user. The media presentation system can provide a number of features to produce a media stream within a media presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: John Samuel Barnett, Joshua Barton Dickens
  • Patent number: 10264416
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing system accesses current usage information of a mobile device associated with a user. The computing system then determine a future user state of the user based on multiple predictor functions. The multiple predictor functions calculate a probability of the future user state based on multiple weights and multiple decay factors. The multiple decay factors are determined from past user states. The computing system further sends instructions to the mobile device for adapting the operation of the mobile device corresponding to the determined future user state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dudley Johnson, Joshua Williams
  • Patent number: 10263944
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a request to share a message is received from a first user. The request includes a first location, the message, and note-access criteria for sharing the message based on one or more groups of second users. A particular second user is identified having a second location that is within a threshold distance of the first location. Based on the note-access criteria and one or more groups associated with the particular second user, it is determined that the message should be shared with the particular second user, the message is sent to the particular second user, and a location of the first user is determined to be within a predetermined distance from the first location. If the first user is currently within the predetermined distance, a notification is sent to the first user informing the first user that the message was sent to the particular second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Garrod Bosworth, David Harry Garcia, Kenneth M. Lau
  • Patent number: 10264698
    Abstract: The disclosed mounting assembly for mounting information technology modules within an information technology rack may include (1) a support tray coupled to a frame of the information technology rack, (2) a drawer positioned on the support tray that is moveable between an initial position and an extended position within the support tray, and (3) at least one elongate handle, attached to a front panel of the drawer, that includes a button that interacts with a latching mechanism that locks the drawer into the initial position, where (1) when disengaged, the latching mechanism allows the drawer to move into the extended position and (2) the latching mechanism is disengaged when the button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuankeat Kho, Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 10264508
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a controller of a multi-hop wireless network, accessing an interference map indicating interference among network nodes of the multi-hop wireless network. The controller may generate a factor-graph representation of the multi-hop wireless network that includes a first set of vertices which represent variable nodes and correspond to transmitting (TX) sectors of the network nodes and a second set of vertices which represent function nodes and correspond to receiving (RX) sectors of the network nodes. The controller may determine one or more adjustments to one or more beamforming weights of sectors of the network nodes, wherein for each of the TX or RX sectors, a beamforming weight is determined by a marginal a posteriori probability for each variable of the beamforming weight; and the adjustments reduce interference among the network nodes to increase a sum capacity of the multi-hop wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Djordje Tujkovic
  • Patent number: 10261542
    Abstract: A distributed augmented reality system for producing rendered environment includes a neckband formed from a first arm, second arm, and computation compartment. A power source is embedded in the first and/or second arm, while a processor is embedded in the computation compartment of the neckband. The neckband may be capable of producing an AR, VR or MR environment, or any combination thereof. The neckband device may be used with a coupled eyewear device system encompassing a Near-Eye Display (NED) and/or secondary user device, which may also produce an AR, VR or MR environment, or any combination thereof. The neckband device may provide power and computation to the eyewear device, allowing for a reduced form factor AR/VR/MR eyewear device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Daniel Trail
  • Patent number: 10261982
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a computing device may provide a main thread, a graphics thread to handle tasks related to rendering and presenting a graphical user interface (GUI), and an input thread to handle tasks related to processing input-related events. The GUI may comprise at least one animated component associated with a set of state variables. The main thread may handle tasks to generate a GUI hierarchy and provide copies of the GUI hierarchy to the input thread and the graphics thread. The input thread may handle tasks to initialize and update the state variables and provide information about the state variables to the graphics thread. The graphics thread may then handle tasks to update the GUI by rendering a first frame of the animation based on the state variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Arnold, Denis Koroskin, Jonathan M. Kaldor
  • Patent number: 10261324
    Abstract: A lens assembly can be removably attached to an eye cone of a HMD. The eye cone displays images to an eye of a user of the HMD. The eye cone includes a peripheral wall that extends towards rear of the HMD. The lens assembly includes a corrective lens and a frame. The corrective lens corrects a vision error of the eye of the user. The frame includes an inner surface onto which the corrective lens is attached. The frame also includes a wall that receives a peripheral wall of the eye cone for removably securing the lens assembly to the HMD. The HMD can include another eye cone that displays images to the other eye of the user. Another lens assembly can be removably attached to the other eye cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Lawrence Chuang, Mark Alan Tempel
  • Patent number: 10263810
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for improving precoder-matrix computations in a MIMO base station. Particularly, various embodiments implement methods for interpolating pilot signal results from multiple calibration transmissions. A subchannel of a resource block is selected as an anchor subchannel and the channel matrices for each subchannel are then determined using weights associated with each subchannel that are determined from the subchannel's distance away from the anchor subchannel. Selecting variable subchannels allows the accuracy of the channels matrices for the subchannels to be tailored where more accuracy is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Yazdan Panah, Karthik Yogeeswaran
  • Patent number: 10261592
    Abstract: A system tracks movement of the VR input device relative to a portion of a user's skin, track movement of the VR input device relative to a physical surface external to the VR input device, or both. The system includes an illumination source integrated with a tracking glove coupled to a virtual reality console, and the illumination source is configured to illuminate a portion of skin on a finger of a user. The system includes an optical sensor integrated with the glove, and the optical sensor is configured to capture a plurality of images of the illuminated portion of skin. The system includes a controller configured to identify differences between one or more of the plurality of images, and to determine estimated position data based in part on the identified differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, David R. Perek, Bruce A. Cleary, III, Brian Michael Scally
  • Patent number: 10262338
    Abstract: A client device or an online system determines a position in an interface presented by a client device for presenting content associated with an application installed on the client device based in part on a bid amount associated with the application. Scores are determined for the application and other applications installed on the client device based on an expected amount of user interaction with each application and bid amounts associated with one or more of the applications. Based on a score associated with an application, a position in the interface for presenting content associated with the application is determined. If the determined position satisfies a position specified by the bid amount and content associated with the application is presented in the determined position for at least a threshold amount of time, an online system charges a third party system associated with the application an amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10262069
    Abstract: An online system stores information identifying interactions by online system users with content provided by a third party system. The third party system includes a tracking mechanism in content that specifies one or more interactions with the content. When a user performs a specified interaction with the content via a client device, the tracking mechanism communicates information describing the performed interaction from the client device to the online system. The online system retrieves information identifying the user from the client device and stores the information describing the performed interaction in association with the information identifying the user. The third party system requests the online system generate content for presentation to the user, and the online system identifies content provided by the third party system with which additional users having at least a threshold measure of similarity to the user interacted to present to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Tirunelveli R. Vishwanath, Vijaye Ganesh Raji
  • Patent number: 10261595
    Abstract: A system includes an electronic display configured to display one or more simulated objects in accordance with display instructions, an imaging sensor configured to capture images of a user's hands, and a console. The console is configured to receive the captured images from the imaging sensor, extract joint information of the user's hands from the captured images, and determine one or more poses based on the extracted joint information. In response to the determined poses indicating the user's index finger positioned orthogonally to the user's thumb, and the thumb within a minimum distance to the index finger, the console detects a directional pad display gesture, and update the display instructions to cause the electronic display to generate a simulated directional pad adjacent to the user's thumb in a simulated environment that is presented to the user via the electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kenrick Cheng-kuo Kin
  • Patent number: 10261970
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program for social mapping is provided. Data about a plurality of social network members is received. A first member of the plurality of social network members is allowed to identify a second member of the plurality of social network members with whom the first member wishes to establish a relationship. The data is then sent to the second member about the first member based on the identification. Input from the second member is received in response to the data. The relationship between the first member and the second member is confirmed based on the input in order to map the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Zuckerberg, Aaron Sittig
  • Patent number: 10262039
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an online social network may receive, from a client system of a first user of the online social network, a search query inputted by the first user; and identify one or more of the entities matching the search query. At least a portion of the entities being identified based at least in part on a recorded geographic proximity between the first user and each identified entity. The online social network may access one or more proximity coefficients for the identified entities from a proximity-coefficient system of the online social network; calculate a score for each identified entity based at least in part on the value of the accessed proximity coefficients for the identified entity and social-graph information associated with the identified entity; and send, to the client system of the first user in response to the received search query, search results for display to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhu Ramanathan, Taroon Mandhana, Chun-Yang Chen, Zhongxian Chen
  • Patent number: 10262300
    Abstract: An instant message is received from an instant message sender and a determination is made that the instant message includes a link to a web page that was selected by the instant message sender. In response to determining that the instant message includes the link to the web page, an image corresponding to the web page is fetched and stored, and a thumbnail image preview of the fetched image is generated. In addition, the thumbnail image preview of the fetched portion of the web page is displayed while at least a portion of the instant message is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy O'Shaugnessy, Sudheer Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10262238
    Abstract: A camera system captures images from a set of cameras to generate binocular panoramic views of an environment. The cameras are oriented in the camera system to maximize the minimum number of cameras viewing a set of randomized test points. To calibrate the system, matching features between images are identified and used to estimate three-dimensional points external to the camera system. Calibration parameters are modified to improve the three-dimensional point estimates. When images are captured, a pipeline generates a depth map for each camera using reprojected views from adjacent cameras and an image pyramid that includes individual pixel depth refinement and filtering between levels of the pyramid. The images may be used generate views of the environment from different perspectives (relative to the image capture location) by generating depth surfaces corresponding to the depth maps and blending the depth surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Samuel Briggs, Michael John Toksvig, Brian Keith Cabral
  • Patent number: 10261855
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can determine an application feature causing an application to crash. A set of users is ranked based on application data. The application data comprises crash cause data indicative of the number of times the application feature caused the application to crash for a user. A high crash user group is determined based on the ranking the set of users. The application feature is disabled for the high crash user group. A subset of the high crash user group is periodically replaced with a set of new users not currently in the high crash user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Liang, Xin Liu, Parthiv Bharatbhai Patel, Maher Afif Saba
  • Patent number: 10263940
    Abstract: To provide more contextually and temporally relevant information to its users, a social networking system may surface relevant information about a target user with whom an recipient user is likely to interact. The social networking system predicts whether the recipient user is likely to be in contact with a target user, either currently or in the near future. If contact is predicted, the system determines information about the target user that that the recipient user may find of interest for their interaction. To determine what information may be of interest, the system determines a relevance score for information items about that target user. The system can then use the relevance scores to decide whether and which information items to surface to the recipient user, e.g., in the form of notifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10263934
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a mailbox server is operable to receive, from a client, a message to be delivered to an endpoint; store the message in a mailbox associated with the user; access a set of policies for the client or the endpoint; determine a delivery channel for the message based on the policies; and transmit the message to the endpoint through the delivery channel. In particular embodiments, the mailbox server may transmit SMS messages via a special bind with a recipient's SMSC, or via a carrier short code. In particular embodiments, the mailbox server may transmit the message as an email or via an internal messaging system over a packet data connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohit Talwar, Miladin Pavlicic, Siddharth Murlidhar, Rose Yao, Jason Sobel
  • Patent number: 10262977
    Abstract: An image generator for use in a display device, the image generator comprising: a plurality of ILED array chips each comprising a plurality of ILED emitters and arranged in an array such that each of a plurality of pixels of the image generator comprises an ILED emitter from each of a plurality of adjacent ILED array chips. The total area of ILED emitter material may be less than 50% of the area of each pixel. The image generator may comprise secondary optics in optical communication with an output of the plurality of ILED emitters of an ILED array chip and configured to direct light from the ILED emitters towards an emission region of the associated pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Henry, Padraig Hughes, Joseph O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 10255318
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a search query by one or more computing devices. A set of data objects to search are identified, and then an operation is executed. The operation involves stepping through the set of data objects with a step size of N, and at each step determining whether the object is responsive to the query. If the end of the set is reached before Y data objects are determined to be responsive, and X or more data objects are determined to be responsive, then an estimate of the number of responsive data objects in the set is provided. Otherwise, N is modified and the operation is re-executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Curtiss, Tudor Bosman
  • Patent number: 10255279
    Abstract: A social networking system determines whether a particular user is qualified to provide translations of text from a first language to a second language. The determination may include evaluation of the language competencies of the user, and also of the trustworthiness of the user as a translator, as determined based on prior translations submitted by the user. The social networking system also selects translations of a text item for a user to whom that text is to be shown. When evaluating a candidate translation for presentation to the user, the evaluation may assess factors such as the determined qualification as a translator of the user who provided the candidate translation; a quality score of the candidate translation itself; and/or the similarity of the user viewing the content and the user providing the candidate translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Zhang, Alexander Waibel
  • Patent number: 10255522
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a plurality of patches of an image are processed using a first deep-learning model to detect a plurality of features associated with the first patch of the image. Each patch includes one or more pixels of the image. Using a second deep-learning model, a respective object proposal is generated for each of the plurality of patches of the image. The second deep-learning model takes as input the plurality of detected features associated with the respective patch of the image, and each object proposal includes a prediction as to a location of an object in the patch. Using a third deep-learning model, a respective score is computed for each object proposal generated using the second deep-learning model. The third deep-learning model takes as input the plurality of detected features associated with the respective patch of the image, and the object score may include a likelihood that the patch contains an entire object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Pedro Henrique Oliveira Pinheiro, Ronan Stéfan Collobert, Piotr Dollar
  • Patent number: 10255331
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an indication that a first user has interacted with a first object within a newsfeed of an online social network, the first object including one or more n-grams, and identifying a list of second objects from one or more data stores, each second object matching one or more of the n-grams from the first object and being identified based at least in part on a predetermined static-rank of the second object. The method also includes calculating a final-rank for each of the identified second objects and determining one or more revised static-ranks for one or more of the identified second objects based on a comparison of the final-ranks and the static-ranks of the identified second objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Stewart
  • Patent number: 10255358
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to generate session information based on information regarding items of a plurality of item types associated with interactions performed by active users of a social networking system. A graph is generated based on the session information. At least a first item of the items is assigned to a cluster based on similarity between the item and the cluster. The cluster is provided to a recommender system to facilitate selection of relevant information for potential presentation to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Ray Green
  • Patent number: 10255365
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving from a client device of a first user of an online social network a partial query input including a first character string. The method may determine one or more predicted queries based on the partial query input. The method may generate one or more search results for each of the predicted queries. The method may send, in response to receiving the partial query input, one or more of the search results to the client device for storage in a cache of the client device. The method may also retrieve, in response to receiving a completed query input from the first user, one or more of the search results from the cache of the client device for display. The completed query input may include a second character string, where the second character string may include at least the first character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig S. Campbell, Guarav Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10255825
    Abstract: A haptic calibration device comprises a signal generator configured to receive the subjective force value and the force location from a subjective magnitude input device. The signal generator also receives from at least one of a plurality of haptic sensors a sensor voltage value, with the at least one of the plurality of haptic sensors corresponding to the force location. The signal generator stores the subjective force value and the corresponding sensor voltage value in a data store. The signal generator generates a calibration curve indicating a correspondence between subjective force values and sensor voltage values for the location where the subjective force was experienced using the data from the data store, wherein the calibration curve is used to calibrate a haptic feedback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Frances Wing Yee Lau, Freddy Abnousi, Keith Klumb
  • Patent number: 10255244
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a query, identifying one or more nodes of a plurality of second nodes corresponding to the query, calculating a score for each of the identified nodes using a probabilistic ranking model that scores each node based at least in part on a number of edges connecting the node to one or more nodes within a first set of user nodes that includes the first node and user nodes corresponding to second users sharing one or more user attributes with the first user, and generating corresponding search results. The score calculated for each of the identified nodes may bias the search results toward nodes connected to disproportionately more nodes in the first set of user nodes than nodes in the plurality of second nodes that correspond to an overall population of users of the online social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Eric Brewer
  • Patent number: 10257146
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a messaging device or server may be operable to receive a message including a thread identifier or a list of conversation participants; if the message includes a thread identifier, then append the message to a locally-stored conversation thread possessing the same thread identifier; if the message includes a list of participants, then: search a plurality of locally-stored conversation threads for a conversation threads having participants matching the list of participants; and in response to a match, append the message to the matching thread; in response to failing to find a match, generate an offline identifier for the message and storing the message locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohit Talwar, Miladin Pavlicic, Siddharth Murlidhar
  • Patent number: 10255163
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for analyzing data storage devices. The present disclosure employs a “canary” test that selects multiple storage devices and tests the same for a predetermined period of time. By analyzing the statuses of the storage devices monitored and recorded during the applicable tests, the present disclosure can generate an analytical result regarding the characteristics of the storage devices. The analytical result can be presented to an operator in a meaningful way so as to enable him or her to make an informed decision when utilizing a storage device with characteristics similar to the tested storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl Edward Gardner, Yashar Bayani, Zhanhai Qin
  • Patent number: 10256914
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical communication using single source optical transmission are disclosed. A representative method includes receiving optical signals at a first frequency by a receiver (RX) from an optical fiber. The received optical signals are routed to a modulator that modulates the optical signals at a second frequency. The optical signals are emitted by a transmitter (TX) back to the optical fiber at the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Taylor, Narsing Vijayrao
  • Patent number: 10255031
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for presenting music or other media to a user. A provider of a service may be affiliated with one or more other services offered through different sites or apps. A system may allow streaming of music through one of the services as long as an affiliated service remains as an active or foreground service on a device. Thus, a user can switch between services and continue to stream the music. The active service may provide visual advertisements that support the music streaming. Thus, the music is provided to a user of the service without a direct subscription fee or audible advertisements inserted into the music stream. Because the music is streamed through at least one of the services, the service provider can track playback metrics and remunerate the music provider accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Amod Ashok Dange
  • Patent number: 10257598
    Abstract: A direction-switchable transponder of a high speed communications network, e.g., an fiber optic data communications network, is capable of dynamically reversing the data traffic flow of its various communications channels in response to a signal. The signal can specify a number of channels, a channel map, or a required bandwidth. The direction-switchable transponder can receive a signal relating to network bandwidth requirements; select, based on the received signal, one or more fiber optic channels for reversing direction of flow of network traffic; and dynamically and automatically reconfigure the selected fiber optic signal to reverse direction of flow of network traffic. By responding to asymmetric bandwidth requirements, the direction-switchable transponder uses high speed communications network lines more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Kumar Goel, Satyajeet Singh Ahuja, Gayathrinath Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10254507
    Abstract: A device includes a first light source device configured to transmit a first light and a second light. The device also includes a first set of one or more lenses configured for directing the first light and the second light toward a first eye of a user. The first light is spatially offset from the second light. The first light and the second light provide a cue for adjusting a location of the first set of one or more lenses. Also disclosed is a method that includes transmitting a first light and a second light through a first set of one or more lenses and directing the first light and the second light toward a first eye of a user. Further disclosed is a method for adjusting a position of one or more lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Wheelwright, Jacques Gollier, Ying Geng, Yijing Fu
  • Patent number: 10257309
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes sending a request for a measure of affinity associated with a first user for a particular content associated with a second user, where the measure of affinity predicts a level of interest the first user has for the particular content; sending weighting information for computing the measure of affinity, where the weighting information includes information specifying a first weight to be attributed to a first predictor function that is based on the second user and a second weight to be attributed to a second predictor function that is based on concepts associated with the particular content; receiving the measure of affinity; and sending, to the first user, the particular content, based on the received measure of affinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Arie Matus
  • Patent number: 10254736
    Abstract: A method for generating unique identifiers for programmable mobile machines may include (1) receiving data for generating a unique signature and (2) generating the unique signature based on the data. The unique signature may identify a programmable mobile machine from among a group of programmable mobile machines within a machine environment. A corresponding method for tracking unique identifiers for programmable mobile machines may include (1) receiving a unique signature generated by a programmable mobile machine, (2) associating the unique signature with metrics, in a database, that correspond to identification data for each of a group of programmable mobile machines, and (3) determining an identity of the programmable mobile machine based on the unique signature matching at least one of the metrics in the database. Various other methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Wiley, Michael Epstein
  • Patent number: 10257298
    Abstract: An online system receives tracking requests from client devices interacting with a website. The online system analyzes user interactions with websites using the tracking requests. The online system predicts an accurate label for the web page that caused the tracking request to be generated. The online system uses the accurate label for generating reports describing user interactions with the website. The online system determines a quality of tracking requests generated by the website based on various factors including a number of web pages of the website that generate tracking requests, the type of information provided by the tracking requests, and so on. The online system generates reports describing the quality of the tracking requests. The online system uses a metric indicating the quality of tracking requests of the website to determine whether to use predicted labels instead of labels provided by tracking requests for generating reports of the website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiliyang Xu, Aleksey Sergeyevich Fadeev
  • Patent number: 10257293
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system may receive sponsor specifications from a sponsor designating one or more concepts, monitor a plurality of activity streams for upload by users of matching multimedia objects, determine a geographic location associated with each matching multimedia object, receive a request from the sponsor associated with a specific geographic area, and send to a client device associated with the sponsor in response to the request information identifying the geographic locations associated with the respective matching multimedia objects that are within the specific geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Mitchell, Samuel Odio, David Harry Garcia
  • Patent number: 10257315
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social networking system transmits a client proxy application to a client device in order to export data from a third-party site that has instituted IP address blocking or rate limiting. In particular embodiments, the proxy application multiplexes a plurality of web responses from the third-party server over a single socket communication with a proxy server. In particular embodiments, the proxy application obtains data from the third-party service and relays it via the proxy server to the social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiranjit Singh Sidhu, Thomas Alison, Kenneth Foo Chuan Khit, Kelvin Foo Chuan Lyi
  • Patent number: 10255277
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for selecting translators willing to provide high-quality translations for a cause, organization, or individual. Users having a high level of engagement with the cause, organization, or individual may be identified as translator candidates. For example, the user may actively engage with the organization or individual on social media, or may be interested in the topics discussed in the source document. The translators may be evaluated based on the quality of their previous translations and their level of engagement/interest. The translator candidates may be directly connected with the originator of the request to translate the document. Because exemplary embodiments select highly engaged users to translate the source document, the resulting translation is likely to be of higher quality, and produced at a lower cost, than a translation by a non-engaged user, and user participation and awareness of a cause, organization, or individual may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Ying Zhang, Aram Grigoryan
  • Patent number: 10257501
    Abstract: A canvas generation system generates a canvas view of a scene based on a set of original camera views depicting the scene, for example to recreate a scene in virtual reality. Canvas views can be generated based on a set of synthetic views generated from a set of original camera views. Synthetic views can be generated, for example, by shifting and blending relevant original camera views based on an optical flow across multiple original camera views. An optical flow can be generated using an iterative method which individually optimizes the optical flow vector for each pixel of a camera view and propagates changes in the optical flow to neighboring optical flow vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Cabral, Forrest Samuel Briggs, Albert Parra Pozo, Peter Vajda
  • Patent number: 10255423
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can detect an operation that causes a challenge response process to be initiated. An image category associated with a recognized category label can be identified. At least one image associated with the image category can be displayed during the challenge response process. The operation can be executed when the challenge response process, based on the at least one image, is successfully completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Johri, Trevor M. Pottinger, Balamanohar Paluri
  • Patent number: 10256593
    Abstract: Aspects of an optical communications network are described that include two or more optical fibers arranged to allow communication in the same or in opposite directions. The optical network includes a first optical amplifier coupled to the first optical fiber, a second optical amplifier coupled to the second optical fiber, and an optical coupler that allows excess optical power from the first optical fiber to be provided for amplification of signals traversing the second optical fiber. The disclosed systems and devices thus enable excess power from one channel to be utilized to enable amplification of signals traveling on a different channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Kumar Goel, Satyajeet Singh Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10255616
    Abstract: A social networking system captures performance metrics of an offer by selecting a whisper code to include in an offer when presenting the offer to users of the social networking system. The social networking system receives information for providing its users with an offer for redemption at a merchant establishment. The social networking system also receives a set of rules for selecting a whisper code to go with the offer. The rules may be based on any context for which the advertiser or merchant may want to track performance of the offer. When presenting the offer, the social networking system selects a whisper code using those rules. This tracking using different whisper codes enables the merchant to understand the performance of the offer campaign based on the context in which the social networking system presents the offers to its users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Bruich, Frederick Ross Leach
  • Patent number: 10255881
    Abstract: A display calibration system determines compensation factors for each subpixel in an electronic display to compensate for non-uniformity due to aging of the electronic display. The system takes a first measurement of the display at an input setting, instructs the display to operate an input sequence, and takes a second measurement of the display at the same input setting. The system determines one or more compensation factors for each subpixel of the electronic display based on the first measurement, the second measurement, and one or more previous characterizations of a similar subpixel on a similar display. A compensation matrix may be stored in memory on an HMD that houses the electronic display, or it may be stored in the cloud and accessed when the display is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nirav Rajendra Patel, Evan M. Richards
  • Patent number: 10255255
    Abstract: In one embodiment, receiving, at a first computing device from a second computing device, a request for a view of a user interface of a native application executing on the second computing device, wherein the view includes one or more first user interface components; determining, by the first computing device, a user agent type of the second computing device; selecting, by the first computing device, one or more second user-interface components to be included in the view based on the user agent type of the second computing device; generating, by the first computing device, code implementing a structured document that represents the view, wherein the structured document comprises the one or more first user-interface components and the one or more second user-interface components; and transmitting, from the first computing device to the second computing device, the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Philip Fung, Yariv Sadan
  • Patent number: D845323
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Maxime Clediere, Jeremy Samuel Friedland
  • Patent number: D845967
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Maxime Clediere, Jeremy Samuel Friedland