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: 10049099
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a search query including one or more n-grams, where the n-grams include one or more misspelled n-grams, identifying one or more variant-tokens for each misspelled n-gram, calculating a feature value for each identified variant-token based at least on the identified variant-token, the misspelled n-gram, and one or more variant-tokens corresponding to one or more n-grams preceding the misspelled n-gram, generating one or more unique combinations of the n-grams and variant-tokens, calculating a sequence-score for each unique combination based at least in part on the calculated feature values of the variant-tokens of the unique combination, generating one or more corrected queries, where each corrected query includes a unique combination having a sequence-score greater than a threshold sequence-score, and sending one or more of the corrected queries to a user for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongcheng Zhu, Daniel Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 10046240
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes receiving a message in response to detection of a token by a presence reader; transmitting a request to access an account associated with an external network in response to receiving the message; establishing access to the account in response to authentication of the request by a server in the external network; and debiting value from a funding source associated with the account after establishing access to the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Benjamin Seligstein, Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Niket Biswas
  • Patent number: 10051260
    Abstract: Apparatus for generating a dynamic structured light pattern for optical tracking in three-dimensional space, comprises an array of lasers, such as a VCSEL laser array, to project light in a pattern into a three-dimensional space; and an optical element or elements arranged in cells. The cells are aligned with subsets of the laser array, and each cell individually applies a modulation, in particular an intensity modulation, to light from the laser or lasers of the subset, to provide a distinguishable and separately controllable part of the dynamic structured light pattern. A method of generating a structured light pattern is disclosed, in which light is provided from an array of lasers, and light is individually projected from subsets of the array of lasers to provide differentiated parts of the structured light pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitay Romano, Nadav Grossinger, Yair Alpern, Emil Alon
  • Patent number: 10051330
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to providing a recorded gameplay session of an interactive content controlled by a broadcasting user. While the broadcasting user is controlling the interactive content being recorded, the inputs provided by the broadcasting user for interacting with the interactive content are recorded. Properties of objects in the interactive content being controlled by the broadcasting user are modified in view of the inputs provided by the broadcasting user. Furthermore, the properties of the objects in the interactive content being controlled by the broadcasting user are periodically recorded. The recorded inputs provided by the broadcasting user and the recorded properties of the objects in the interactive content are used to provide a viewing user a recording of the gameplay session of the interactive content controlled by the broadcasting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Si-jing Caporaletti, Christopher John Marra, Joshua R. Langowitz, William Dean Saulnier, Chu-Hao Fan, Thomas Nattestad
  • Patent number: 10049048
    Abstract: A processor cache is logically partitioned into a main partition, located in the cache itself, and an enclave partition, located within an enclave, that is, a hardware-enforced protected region of an address space of a memory. This extends the secure address space usable by and for an application such as a software cryptoprocessor that is to execute only in secure regions of cache or memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Oded Horovitz, Stephen A. Weis, Sahil Rihan, Carl A. Waldspurger
  • Patent number: 10051181
    Abstract: Techniques to selectively capture media using a single user interface element are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a touch controller, a visual media capture component, and a storage component. The touch controller may be operative to receive a haptic engagement signal. The visual media capture component may be operative to be configured in a capture mode based on whether a haptic disengagement signal is received by the touch controller before expiration of a first timer, the capture mode one of a photo capture mode or video capture mode, the first timer started in response to receiving the haptic engagement signal, the first timer configured to expire after a first preset duration. The storage component may be operative to store visual media captured by the visual media capture component in the configured capture mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Daniel J. Smith, II, Nilesh V. Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J. Flynn, Andrei V. Gheorghe
  • Patent number: 10049460
    Abstract: An object is identified or tracked within a volume by projecting a light beam encoded with one or more predefined properties to have a predefined optical structure into the volume. A detector captures light from the predefined optical structure reflected from the volume. By analyzing one or more characteristics of light from the predefined optical structure reflected from the object, the object is segmented from the volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitay Romano, Nadav Grossinger
  • Patent number: 10050879
    Abstract: Techniques for smart data routing are described. A system may include a storage module configured to store network conditions for a plurality of networks and locations and a server device. The server device may be configured to determine network conditions for each of a plurality of networks and locations based upon detected usage of at least one mobile application being accessed via each of the plurality of networks and in each of the locations. Determined network conditions may be stored at the storage module. The server may be further configured to receive a request for a communication from a client device. Based upon at least the determined network conditions, the server may be configured to determine routing information for the communication. Once determined, the server may be configured to provide the routing information for the communication to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Yael Maguire, Damian Kowalewski, Giovanni Coglitore, Aaron Samuel Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10050926
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a method comprise analyzing a message to perform sentiment analysis with respect to at least a portion of the message. One or more sentiments associated with the at least a portion of the message may then be identified. One or more ideograms (e.g., written characters, symbols or images that represent an idea or thing), each corresponding to an identified sentiment, may then be suggested to a user for insertion into a message. Upon receiving a user selection of one or more of the ideograms in relation to some portion of the message, an association may be saved in a user-specific dictionary linking the user-selected one or more of the ideograms with the portion of the message. In particular embodiments, the sentiment analysis may incorporate social-networking information and/or historical ideogram usage information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 10042548
    Abstract: A client device displays a content item and a first facial expression superimposed on the content item. Concurrently with and separately from displaying the first facial expression, a range of emotion indicators is displayed, each emotion indicator of the range of emotion indicators corresponding to a respective opinion of a range of opinions. A first user input is detected at a display location corresponding to a respective emotion indicator of the range of emotion indicators. In response to detecting the first user input, the first facial expression is updated to match the respective emotion indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Matas, Benjamin S. Langholz, Brian Daniel Amerige
  • Patent number: 10042532
    Abstract: An item of content includes an embedded content item and one or more portions distinct from the embedded content item. An electronic device simultaneously displays the embedded content item and a first portion of the item of content distinct from the embedded content item in a display area having a display height and a display width. The embedded content item is displayed at a first resolution at which its entire width is contained within the display width of the display area. In response to a first user input indicating selection of the embedded content item, display of the first portion of the item of content ceases, and a first portion of the embedded content item is displayed at a second resolution that is greater than the first resolution, wherein a height of the first portion of the embedded content item at the second resolution equals the display height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Matas, Benjamin S. Langholz, Brian Daniel Amerige
  • Patent number: 10045459
    Abstract: A server platform with integrated power supply including a cubby chassis having one or more partitions defining a plurality of sled positions each configured to receive a server sled. A power supply unit is positioned in the cubby chassis and transversely oriented with respect to the one or more partitions. A power supply harness extends between the power supply unit and each of the plurality of sled positions. Therefore, the server platform can be easily connected to a power source without being mounted in a rack, thereby facilitating bench top testing of a server or servers mounted in the cubby chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Brian Ehlen, Yan Zhao, Jason Taylor
  • Patent number: 10044098
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments including a modular base station that is, for example, easily deployable in emerging markets. The modular base station is designed to be easily transported and affixed, for example, to poles or trees. The modular base station is designed to withstand high temperatures caused by operating at high altitudes and to be easily configured, oriented, and serviced in the field. Its components (e.g., radio frequency (RF) circuit boards) are modular so as to interoperate with various third-party compatible devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Kashif Ali
  • Patent number: 10042522
    Abstract: Using pinch gestures to navigate user interface layers of an application. In particular embodiments, a pinch gesture may cause an application program to close a currently running user interface layer of the application and navigate to another user-interface layer of the application. In some implementations, a pinch gesture may cause an application to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10042926
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a query specifying a name including a given name and a surname; locating a set of users, comprising: for each of a plurality of users, including the user in the set of users if the user's given name matches the given name specified in the query and the user's surname matches the surname specified in the query or if the user's given name matches the given name specified in the query and the user's surname does not match the surname specified in the query and the surname of at least one family connection of the user matches the surname specified in the query; and discarding the user otherwise; and sending at least a portion of the set of users in response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kittipat Virochsiri, Sriram Sankar
  • Patent number: 10042952
    Abstract: A social networking system generates a friendship page that displays social graph data common to two or more social networking system users. A user requests the page by identifying two or more social networking system. The social networking system obtains social graph data common to the identified social networking system users and generates a friendship page containing that social graph data. The obtained social graph data may include interactions between each of the identified user and/or social networking system objects with which each of the identified users has interacted. Examples of the types of social graph data may include photos, videos, communications, content items, events, locations, friends, family members, biographical data, and location data. The friendship page may be displayed to the requesting user in a web browser or in a native application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Kao
  • Patent number: 10044146
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a pass-through connector including a connector body having first and second end portions. The first end is configured as an internal style connector and has a pair of receptacle openings. The connector body also includes a second end portion configured as an external style connector and has a pair of receptacle openings. A conductive shroud is attached to the second end portion of the connector body and can include mounting flanges to facilitate attachment to a panel or bulkhead. Terminal conductors are disposed in the connector body and extend between the pairs of receptacle openings. The terminal conductors are configured to releasably engage a plug of a Mini-SAS HD cable assembly, for example, when coupled to the first or second end. Each terminal conductor is a single continuous piece of conductive material to directly connect the cable assembly connectors together with minimal impedance discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 10044705
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to security management in communications involving computing devices, e.g. Internet of Things (IoT) devices. An IoT device can perform various activities, e.g., social networking activities, for or on behalf of a user. An IoT device is typically insecure, especially when accessing user data. To control the type of activities that can be performed by various types of devices, a server device (“server”) can issue different types of tokens to different IoT devices. Which token an IoT device has determines the types of activities the IoT device can perform. For example, the server can issue a restricted token, which restricts the type of activities an IoT device can perform, and an unrestricted token to a more secure device, e.g., a smartphone, that can perform a broader range of activities. For example, the restrictive token may not permit the IoT device to change the password of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinlei Wang, Francislav P. Penov
  • Patent number: 10037282
    Abstract: A system and method of operation exploit the limited associativity of a single cache set to force observable cache evictions and discover conflicts. Loads are issued to input memory addresses, one at a time, until a cache eviction is detected. After observing a cache eviction on a load from an address, that address is added to a data structure representing the current conflict set. The cache is then flushed, and loads are issued to all addresses in the current conflict set, so that all known conflicting addresses are accessed first, ensuring that the next cache miss will occur on a different conflicting address. The process is repeated, issuing loads from all input memory addresses, incrementally finding conflicting addresses, one by one. Memory addresses that conflict in the cache belong to the same partition, whereas memory addresses belonging to different partitions do not conflict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Waldspurger, Oded Horovitz, Stephen A. Weis, Sahil Rihan
  • Patent number: 10038894
    Abstract: To enable better sharing and preservation of immersive experiences, a graphics system reconstructs a three-dimensional scene from a set of images of the scene taken from different vantage points. The system processes each image to extract depth information therefrom and then stitches the images (both color and depth information) into a multi-layered panorama that includes at least front and back surface layers. The front and back surface layers are then merged to remove redundancies and create connections between neighboring pixels that are likely to represent the same object, while removing connections between neighboring pixels that are not. The resulting layered panorama with depth information can be rendered using a virtual reality (VR) system, a mobile device, or other computing and display platforms using standard rendering techniques, to enable three-dimensional viewing of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Peter Kopf, Lars Peter Johannes Hedman, Richard Szeliski
  • Patent number: 10037538
    Abstract: Social networking system users generate news stories including a link to news content external to the social networking system. The news stories may be filtered based on filter criteria allowing a viewing user to more easily identify news stories of interest. For example, the news stories may be filtered to identify news stories associated with a user connected to the viewing user, to identify news stories associated with a news source, to identify news stories associated with a key word, or based on previous interactions by the viewing user. The identified news stories may be ranked based on popularity of the identified news stories among other users, chronological data, and the viewing user's own interest and activity associated with a news source or news story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian A. Graham
  • Patent number: 10038499
    Abstract: Optical systems and methods for transmission of multiple beams and direct detection of those beams are described. One transmitter for use in a free space optical communication system includes a broad spectrum light source and an optical component including a plurality of sections positioned to receive an optical beam produced by the broad spectrum light source. The sections of the optical component are formed to introduce optical path differences into portions of the optical beam that impinge on the optical component such that each section introduces a delay into a corresponding portion of the optical beam. The introduced delays cause each portion of the optical beam to lack coherence with other portions of the optical beam. A direct detection receiver detects the intensity of the aggregate beams and produces a signal with improved signal-to-noise ratio. The disclosed technology can be used with modulated optical beams such as intensity modulated beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10037531
    Abstract: In one embodiment, receiving, at a first computing device associated with a social-networking system and from a second computing device, a first request to verify an identity of a user of the social-networking system; sending, by the first computing device and to a mobile device associated with the user, a second request for information about the user; receiving, at the first computing device and from the mobile device, the information about the user; determining, by the first computing device, a confidence score indicating a probability that the identity of the user is true based on the information about the user received from the mobile device and information available to the social-networking system; and sending, by the first computing device and to the second computing device, the confidence score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen Ashok Gandhi, Matthew Nicholas Papakipos
  • Patent number: 10038885
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving one or more audio/visual recordings from a user, the audio/visual recordings continuously capturing audio/visual information around the user, the audio/visual recordings being made by a client computing device of the user automatically and without manual user input and with one or more sensors of the client computing device; processing the audio/visual recordings to extract one or more audio/visual segments, each audio/visual segment covering a specific time period or relating to a specific event in the user's life; and posting the audio/visual segments to one or more points, respectively, along a timeline corresponding to the user's life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 10037333
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can obtain at least one content item for which a hash value is to be generated. A set of n-grams can be generated based at least in part on the at least one content item. A first vector can be generated based at least in part on the set of n-grams, wherein the vector maintains respective counts of n-grams in the set of n-grams. A quantized vector can be determined based at least in part on the first vector and one or more parameters. The hash value for the at least one content item can be generated based at least in part on the quantized vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Trevor M. Pottinger
  • Patent number: 10039195
    Abstract: A method for forming a three-dimensional object with at least one conductive trace comprises providing an intermediate structure that is generated (e.g., additively or subtractively generated) from a first material in accordance with a model design of the three-dimensional object. The intermediate structure may have at least one predefined location for the at least one conductive trace. The model design includes the at least one predefined location. Next, the at least one conductive trace may be generated adjacent to the at least one predefined location of the intermediate structure. The at least one conductive trace may be formed of a second material that has an electrical and/or thermal conductivity that is greater than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Saurabh Palan, Rex Wenters Crossen, Alexandre Jais
  • Patent number: 10032234
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a plurality of search results based on a search query from a user. A computing system determines a plurality of scores for each search result, each score generated by applying a distinct scoring function of a plurality of scoring functions to the search result. The computing system generates a plurality of diversity groups, each diversity group corresponding to a scoring function of the plurality of scoring functions, each diversity group including at least a subset of the plurality of search results ordered according to the scores generated by applying the scoring function to the at least the subset of the plurality of search results. The method further includes selecting at least one of the plurality of search results from each diversity group and sending the selected search results to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sankar, Sandhya Kunnatur, Kedar Dhamdhere
  • Patent number: 10032233
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving first information about a proximity of a first user, the first information comprising one or more images or one or more sounds of at least a portion of the proximity, the first information having been obtained from the proximity by a client computing device of the first user automatically and with one or more sensors of the client computing device; identifying a second user within the proximity of the first user based at least in part on the first information; retrieving second information about the second user from a graph of a social-networking system, the graph comprising a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes, at least one node in the graph corresponding to the first user, at least one node in the graph corresponding to the second user; and sending the second information about the second user to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 10033669
    Abstract: A graphical user interface on a display device of a computer enables communications using a computer service. The graphical user interface includes a list of potential message recipients selected by a user as significant to the user. The graphical user interface also includes a mobile device identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients and a user account identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients. At least one of the listed potential recipients includes a mobile device identifier as the only available conduit for data delivery to the potential message recipient using the computer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, Andrew L. Wick, Alan Keister, Raine Bergstrom, Xiaoyan Yin, Barbara McNally, Keith C. Hullfish
  • Patent number: 10033475
    Abstract: A wireless communication system and in particular to a wireless communication system for digital audio players that provides for increased functionality, such as communication, interaction and synchronization between a computing platform and various mobile, portable or fixed digital audio players, as well as providing a communication link between the various digital audio players themselves. The computing platform may act, for example, through a wireless network or wireless communication platform, to control the digital audio players; to act as a cache of digital audio data for the digital audio players; as well as provide a gateway to the Internet to enable the digital audio players to access additional digital audio content and other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jonathan Spurgat, Stephen Christopher Gladwin, Hoyet Harrison Andrews, III
  • Patent number: 10032194
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive a first input that is associated with a first user profile of a social networking system. The first input includes content, such as a string of text, to be published to the system. A key word is mapped from the received content to an entity and additional content that is an affirmation of support for the entity is suggested for inclusion with the received content. The suggestion of the additional content is transmitted to a user device associated with the first user. A second input confirming the inclusion of the additional content is received. The received content and the additional content are published to the social networking system as a post associated with the first user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Anand Subbarayan, Bikash K. Agarwalla, Christopher J. Triolo, Timothy M. Quirino
  • Patent number: 10033963
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer server machine maintains a persistent real-time group chatroom comprising one or more participants. At any given time, zero or more participants are active in the group chatroom. The computer server machine receives one or more video streams associated with a video session associated with one or more users. The video streams are communicated from one or more client devices with each client device respectively associated with the one or more users. The computer server machine provides a notification to one or more non-active participants, wherein the one or more non-active participants are not active in the persistent real-time group chatroom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwayne B. Mercredi, Chi Wang Ho, Pavol Mravec
  • Patent number: 10031921
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods and systems for storage of media item metadata. In one aspect, a method is performed at a server system with one or more processors and memory. The method includes receiving, from a client device, metadata corresponding to a modified media item, where the modified media item is a modified version of a media item corresponding to a particular node in a family tree within a database of media items. The method further includes, in response to receiving the metadata corresponding to the modified media item, appending, to the family tree, a new leaf node that is linked to the particular node, where the new leaf node corresponds to the modified media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Snibbe, Graham McDermott, Justin Ponczek, Spencer Schoeben, Jesse Fulton
  • Patent number: 10032186
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes deploying an application to a plurality of client systems associated with a plurality of users, respectively, wherein the application is installed on each of the client systems, and wherein one or more treatments can be remotely activated on the application, receiving, from a first client system associated with a first user of the plurality of users, a request from the application installed on the first client system to access the application server, determining whether the first user belongs in a treatment group associated with a first treatment, remotely activating the first treatment on the first client system associated with the first user if the first user belongs in the treatment group, and synchronizing activation of the first treatment in response to subsequent access by the first client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dudley Johnson, Mathieu Benjamin Tozer, Breno Pompeu Roberto
  • Patent number: 10032047
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a first user, a query specifying one or more criteria; accessing a data store comprising information associated with one or more users of a social-networking system; identifying a second user from a plurality of users of the social-networking system based on private information stored in the data store and the one or more criteria, wherein the private information is not viewable by the first user; and sending, to the first user, substitute information associated with the second user in place of the private information, the substitute information being information that is viewable by the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kittipat Virochsiri, Sriram Sankar
  • Patent number: 10031588
    Abstract: A tracking system generates a structured light pattern in a local area. The system includes an array of lasers that generate light. The array of lasers includes a plurality of lasers and an optical element. The plurality of lasers are grouped into at least two subsets of lasers, and each of the at least two subsets of lasers is independently switchable. The optical element includes a plurality of cells that are each aligned with a respective subset of the array of lasers. Each cell receives light from a corresponding laser of the array of lasers, and each cell individually applies a modulation to the received light passing through the cell to form a corresponding portion of the structured light pattern that is projected onto a local area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitay Romano, Nadav Grossinger, Yair Alpern, Emil Alon, Guy Raz
  • Patent number: 10032189
    Abstract: A social networking system generates socially-relevant stories for a user based on actions taken by other users to whom the user is connected. The social networking system may receive a request for a sponsored story for a viewing user and may select information about one or more actions performed by one or more users to whom the viewing user is connected to identify one of a plurality of candidate information for a sponsored story based on one or more criteria (e.g., affinity of the viewing user for the candidates, expected value for the candidates, etc.). The social networking system may also generate the sponsored story and generate a feed comprising the sponsored story and news stories (e.g., non-sponsored stories) about one or more users of the social networking system with whom the viewing user is connected. This feed may be provided for display to the viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Kendall, Matthew R. Cohler, Mark E. Zuckerberg, Yun-Fang Juan, Robert Kang-Xing Jin, Justin M. Rosenstein, Andrew G. Bosworth, Yishan Wong, Adam D'Angelo, Chamath M. Palihapitiya
  • Patent number: 10032303
    Abstract: Particular embodiments receive a request to display images in a scrolling 3D presentation. Images are retrieved according to selection criteria. The images may be sorted according to sorting criteria. Sponsored images may be inserted into the scrolling 3D presentation. The scrolling 3D presentation of images is provided for display on a computing device associated with a viewer. Images in the scrolling 3D presentation are rendered so as to sequentially approach the viewer according to a perspective of the viewer. Control requests related to the scrolling 3D presentation may be received from the viewer, from a social-networking system, or from a third-party server. A control interface may be provided for the viewer to submit control requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Barak R. Naveh, Georgios Karnas
  • Patent number: 10033776
    Abstract: A server system receives a first request for access to content items from a user device associated with a user. In response to the first request, links to a plurality of content categories are sent for display on the user device. The content categories include a plurality of content items. Furthermore, a first group of content items determined to be relevant to the user is identified in accordance with one or more relevance criteria. The first group of content items includes a first subset of the plurality of content items. In response to the first request, links to the first group of content items are sent for display on the user device in addition to the plurality of content categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Guilherme Carlos De Napoli Ferreira, Christopher Wayne Masterson, Scott Andrew Thomson, Jon Yee Chiang
  • Patent number: 10033685
    Abstract: A document management system monitors proposed recipients for documents and provides recommendations on alterations to the distribution set, such as by adding or removing recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: John Nicholas Gross
  • Patent number: 10028022
    Abstract: A media effects engine on a computer device applies one or more effects to an input media stream. A performance monitor monitors a performance metric associated with playing the input media stream and reduces a quality parameter associated with the effect upon detecting a drop in the performance metric below a target metric. The quality parameter manages a tradeoff between a quality of effect and an amount of hardware resources consumed to produce the effect. Thus, the effect can be adjusted to meet the capabilities of the computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Hermes Germi Pique Corchs, Kirill A. Pugin, Razvan Gabriel Racasanu, Colin Todd Miller
  • Patent number: 10025972
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can acquire real-time image data depicting at least a portion of a face of a user of a computing system (or device). The real-time image data can be analyzed to determine a state associated with at least the portion of the face. An emoji can be provided based on the state associated with at least the portion of the face. The emoji can be inputted in a communication to be made by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Matas, Michael Waldman Reckhow, Yaniv Taigman
  • Patent number: 10028101
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining a geo-location of a first user; and identifying a second user that the geo-location of the first user is of interest to. The second user is identified based at least in part on a relationship between the first and second users. The method also includes sending to a mobile client computing device associated with the second user a notification associated with the geo-location of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Xiu Deng
  • Patent number: 10027386
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses for selecting parameters of a beam are disclosed. One method includes selecting, by a network controller of a wireless network, coarse beam parameters of each of a plurality of antenna arrays of a first node or a second node of the wireless network based on one or more static parameters of the first node and the second node, selecting, by at least one of the first node or the second node of the wireless network, fine beam parameters of each of the plurality of antenna arrays of the first node or the second node based on perturbations to dynamic parameters of at least one wireless link between the first node and the second node, and forming at least one beam by at least one of the first node or the second node using the coarse beam parameters and the fine beam parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Sanjai Kohli
  • Patent number: 10028224
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile computing device has a first processor and a second processor. The mobile device determines an operating condition of the mobile device, the operating condition being based on at least the current time of day, a current activity of a user associated with the mobile device, or a current proximity of the mobile device to a place connected to the user of the mobile device through an on-line social network. If the operating conditions of the mobile device are satisfied, the first processor of the mobile device sends a message to the second processor of the mobile device, the message causing the second processor to transition from a sleep state to an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Lev Popov, Iain Andrew Russell Proctor
  • Patent number: 10027748
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to data replication in a distributed computing system. The data, e.g., received from a client, is replicated to a first set of servers (“sync replica set”) synchronously and to a second set of servers asynchronously (“async tree”). A server can be a primary, secondary or a follower server. A sync replica set includes a primary server and one or more secondary servers. The async tree includes multiple follower servers deployed in a tree structure. A primary server can replicate the data to the secondary servers synchronously, and the secondary servers can replicate the data to one or more follower servers, e.g., a root node of the async tree, asynchronously. The root node then replicates the data to children of the root node, which then replicate to their children and so on until the leaf nodes of the async tree receive the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Muthukaruppan Annamalai, Zelaine Fong, Marc Alexander Celani, Vishal Kathuria, Sanketh Indarapu, Rohit Subhash Bhoj, Benjamin Francois Marie Renard, Sumeet Ungratwar
  • Patent number: D823867
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Berlow
  • Patent number: D824934
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Antoni Machalski
  • Patent number: D825587
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Michael O'Rourke, Hyun Woo Jung, Ian McIntyre Silber
  • Patent number: D825610
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Joyce Hsu, Charles Matthew Sutton, Cliff Warren