Facebook Patent Applications

Patents granted to Facebook by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180139167
    Abstract: Techniques for coordinating a message experience across platforms are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging application operative on a processor circuit to receive a request from a remote web browser to login to the messaging application. The messaging application may comprise an access code generator to generate a first access code and present the first access code on a messaging application website; an authenticator to receive a second access code from a second device associated with a user identifier, compare the second and first access codes, and lookup an account associated with the user identifier; and a messaging component to retrieve message data for an account associated with the user identifier in response the second access code matching the first access code, and to transmit the message data to the remote web browser for presentation. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Lee, Robert Franklin Daniel, William Arthur Franklin, Harrison C. Wong
  • Publication number: 20180113753
    Abstract: Techniques to share application data through a messaging system are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a message package from a messaging service at a messaging client on a client device, the message package addressed from a source messaging account and addressed to a recipient messaging account, the recipient messaging account associated with the messaging client on the client device; extract an application data payload from the message package; receive an application service recommendation package from the messaging service, the application service recommendation package comprising an application service identifier; and an application interoperation component operative to transmit at least a portion of the application data payload to a recommended application service by the messaging client, the recommended application service identified by the application service identifier. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner, Jonathan David Perlow
  • Publication number: 20180041627
    Abstract: Techniques for mobile device personalization are described. In an embodiment, user credentials for an online service are received at a mobile device kiosk. The user credentials may be authenticated and, upon authentication, user data associated with the user credentials may be transferred to a mobile device of the mobile device kiosk. The user data may be transferred between the mobile device kiosk and a wireless transmitter embedded on a printed circuit board (PCB) of the mobile device. Further, the user data may be transferred to the mobile device without powering on the mobile device. Once the data transfer is complete, the mobile device may be provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael MAGUIRE, Fraidun AKHI
  • Publication number: 20180020004
    Abstract: Techniques for managing groups on a mobile platform, comprising a mobile groups application. The mobile groups application including a groups management component to manage at least one group for a corresponding social networking application of a social networking system; and a groups rendering component to render a groups user interface (UI) view comprising at least one selectable group user interface element representative of the at least one group, the at least one selectable group UI element comprising a first selectable group UI element, wherein the first selectable group UI element is representative of a first group of the at least one group and the first group comprises at least one group member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ross Ferguson, Jun Sun
  • Publication number: 20180013956
    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: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Daniel J. Smith II, Nilesh V. Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J. Flynn, Andrei V. Gheorghe
  • Publication number: 20180004829
    Abstract: Techniques for database replication between client devices are described. In another embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a local database management component operative to send a collection subscription command from a client device to a database synchronization system, the collection subscription command specifying an object collection; and update a local database store for the object collection on the client device using a collection update; and a local queue component operative to receive the collection update from the database synchronization system based on the collection subscription command, the collection update for the object collection, the collection update received as a push notification from the database synchronization system; and send an update acknowledgement in response to the collection update based on the updating of the local database store for the object collection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Kathuria, Joshua Scott Evenson, Andras Biczo, Hong-Seok Kim, Leigh Jonathan Henry Pauls
  • Publication number: 20180004828
    Abstract: Techniques for replication of a client database to remote devices are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a server database management component operative to receive a collection subscription command from a client device at a database synchronization system, the collection subscription command specifying an object collection; and detect a collection change for the object collection; and an update queue management component operative to register the client device for push notification with a collection update queue associated with the object collection; and add a collection update to the collection update queue, the collection update based on the collection change. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Kathuria, Joshua Scott Evenson, Andras Biczo, Hong-Seok Kim, Leigh Jonathan Henry Pauls
  • Publication number: 20170371865
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to detecting, removing, and/or replacing objectionable words and phrases in a machine-generated translation. A classifier identifies translations containing target words or phrases. The classifier may be applied to the output translation to remove target words and phrases from the translation, or to prevent target words and phrases from being automatically presented. Further, the classifier may be applied to a translation model to prevent the target words and phrases from appearing in the output translation. Still further, the classifier may be applied to training data so that the translation model is not trained using the target words of phrases. The classifier may remove target words or phrases only when the target words or phrases appear in the output translation but not the source language input data. The classifier may be provided as a standalone service, or may be employed in the context of a machine translation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Gerhard Eck, Priya Goyal
  • Publication number: 20170371869
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Zhang, Aram Grigoryan
  • Publication number: 20170371866
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for improving machine translation systems. The machine translation system may apply one or more models for translating material from a source language into a destination language. The models are initially trained using training data. According to exemplary embodiments, supplemental training data is used to train the models, where the supplemental training data uses in-domain material to improve the quality of output translations. In-domain data may include data that relates to the same or similar topics as those expected to be encountered in a translation of material from the source language into the destination language. In-domain data may include material previously translated from the source language into the destination language, material similar to previous translations, and destination language material that has previously been the subject of a request for translation into the source language.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthias Gerhard Eck
  • Publication number: 20170371867
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide techniques for evaluating when words or phrases of a translation were generated with a low degree of confidence, and conveying this information when the translation is presented. For example, if a source language word is encountered in source material for translation, but the source language word was only encountered a few times (or not at all) in the training data used to train the translation system, then the resulting translation may be flagged as being of low confidence. Other situations, such as the generation of two equally-likely translations, or translation system model disagreement, may also indicate a questionable translation. When the translation is displayed, questionable words and phrases may be flagged, and possible alternative translations may be presented. If one of the alternatives is selected, this information may be used to update the translation system's models in order to improve translation quality in the future.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William Arthur Hughes, Matthias Gerhard Eck, Kay Rottmann
  • Publication number: 20170371868
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for improving a machine translation system. The machine translation system may include one or more models for generating a translation. The system may generate multiple candidate translations, and may present the candidate translations to different groups of users, such as users of a social network. User engagement with the different candidate translations may be measured, and the system may determine which of the candidate translations was most favored by the users. For example, in the context of a social network, the number of times that the translation is liked or shared, or the number of comments associated with the translation, may be used to determine user engagement with the translation. The models of the machine translation system may be modified to favor the most-favored candidate translation. The translation system may repeat this process to continue to tune the models in a feedback loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Zhang, Fei Huang, Kay Rottmann, Necip Fazil Ayan
  • Publication number: 20170371870
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to detecting, removing, and/or replacing objectionable words and phrases in a machine-generated translation. A classifier identifies translations containing target words or phrases. The classifier may be applied to the output translation to remove target words and phrases from the translation, or to prevent target words and phrases from being automatically presented. Further, the classifier may be applied to a translation model to prevent the target words and phrases from appearing in the output translation. Still further, the classifier may be applied to training data so that the translation model is not trained using the target words of phrases. The classifier may remove target words or phrases only when the target words or phrases appear in the output translation but not the source language input data. The classifier may be provided as a standalone service, or may be employed in the context of a machine translation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Gerhard Eck, Priya Goyal
  • Publication number: 20170374075
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for the atomic switching of user accounts for a messaging client, in order to maintain constant network availability of the messaging client. The messaging client may allow the registering of multiple messaging accounts and switching between them. Switching may include validating a selecting account, logging out the currently-active account if validation is successful, and logging in the selected account. If validation or logging-in fails, the messaging client remains logged-in to, or returns to, the previously-active account. A limited token may be maintained for inactive accounts and may allow for the retrieval of information such as whether inactive accounts have unread messages, and if so how many, without allowing further access. The messaging client may therefore periodically poll the messaging system (or vice versa) and display notifications for inactive accounts, and the inactive accounts may still be listed as available via the messaging system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Benoit Philippe Boval, Kunal Nikhil Modi
  • Publication number: 20170366508
    Abstract: Techniques to use operating system redirection for network stream transformation operations are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a network stream component operative to receive a network stream, the network stream associated with an application on a device; modify the network stream to generate a modified network stream; and send the modified network stream through an operating system for the device; and a local virtual private network component operative on the processor circuit to: receive the modified network stream from the operating system as a plurality of modified network stream packets; determine a network connection policy based on the application; and send the plurality of modified network stream packets to a destination network address via the network interface controller when the network connection policy indicates sending. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Gahl Saraf
  • Publication number: 20170351385
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for introducing asynchronous messaging concepts into a synchronous messaging system. As a conversation is carried out, different topics may be identified and highlighted as separate threads within the conversation. A new thread may be identified based on a number of factors, including (for example) time between messages, questions raised in a communication, discussions of dates, the inclusion of links, and any mentions of specific names. The beginning and/or end of a thread may be identified. Users may be notified of new messages on a thread-by-thread basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Carl Ertmann, Charles Donald Deets, JR., Daniel M Giuditta
  • Publication number: 20170353414
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for introducing asynchronous messaging concepts into a synchronous messaging system. As a conversation is carried out, different topics may be identified and highlighted as separate threads within the conversation. A new thread may be identified based on a number of factors, including (for example) time between messages, questions raised in a communication, discussions of dates, the inclusion of links, and any mentions of specific names. Further embodiments relate to techniques for navigating in asynchronous message threads. For example, a synchronous message alias may be created that redirects a display to a location of an asynchronous message. An indication may be displayed to designate that the asynchronous message is displayed out-of-order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Carl Ertmann, Charles Donald Deets, JR., Daniel M. Giuditta
  • Publication number: 20170353416
    Abstract: Techniques for ephemeral messaging with remote ephemeral mode configuration are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a messaging update at a messaging client on the client device from a messaging system; determine a message thread associated with the messaging update; and determine that the messaging update indicates a transition to an ephemeral mode for the message thread; and a user interface component operative to configure a user interface for the message thread to an ephemeral mode interface based on the transition to the ephemeral mode for the message thread. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Gabriel Brooks, Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner
  • Publication number: 20170344553
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for determining social networking or messaging user affinity and engagement coefficients (e.g., a measure of the connectedness between two people in a network). The described techniques are particularly well-suited to cases in which only limited information is available, such as when a new user joins a network and only the user's contacts list is available. The available information may be used to determine a group of existing users to which the new user is connected. Some embodiments relate to calculating scores among these existing users in order to infer an affinity for the new user to the existing users. Other embodiments involve calculating bilateral scores that reflect a degree of mutual affinity between two users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Benjamin Evnine, Zeev Rosenstein, Han Gyul Lee, Aman Dhesi
  • Publication number: 20170344610
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for determining social networking or messaging user affinity and engagement coefficients (e.g., a measure of the connectedness between two people in a network). The described techniques are particularly well-suited to cases in which only limited information is available, such as when a new user joins a network and only the user's contacts list is available. The available information may be used to determine a group of existing users to which the new user is connected. Some embodiments relate to calculating scores among these existing users in order to infer an affinity for the new user to the existing users. Other embodiments involve calculating bilateral scores that reflect a degree of mutual affinity between two users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Benjamin Evnine, Zeev Rosenstein, Han Gyul Lee, Aman Dhesi
  • Publication number: 20170339087
    Abstract: Techniques to convert multi-party conversations to an editable document are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a message queue monitoring component operative to monitor a messaging conversation between two or more messaging participants; and analyze the messaging conversation based on a plurality of domain-specific extractors; a domain selector component operative to determine that a domain detection level for a selected extractor exceeds a threshold; and a document component operative to generate an editable document based on the messaging conversation using the selected extractor and assign access permissions to the editable document automatically to the two or more messaging participants. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-eok Jeon, Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain
  • Publication number: 20170339268
    Abstract: Techniques for mobile device personalization are described. In an embodiment, user credentials for an online service are received at a mobile device kiosk. The user credentials may be authenticated and, upon authentication, user data associated with the user credentials may be transferred to a mobile device of the mobile device kiosk. The user data may be transferred between the mobile device kiosk and a wireless transmitter embedded on a printed circuit board (PCB) of the mobile device. Further, the user data may be transferred to the mobile device without powering on the mobile device. Once the data transfer is complete, the mobile device may be provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael MAGUIRE, Fraidun AKHI
  • Publication number: 20170331959
    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: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen A. Gandhi, Luiz Fernando Scheidegger, Breno Pompeu Roberto, Peter Avelino Ruibal, Marcus Erwin Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20170332343
    Abstract: Techniques to manage client location detection are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a location-based services support component and a client management component. The location-based services support component may be operative to determine that a network service is scheduled for a location update from a mobile device, determine a location accuracy based on the network service, and update the network service with a received location of the mobile device. The client management component may be operative to transmit a location request to the mobile device, the location request specifying the location accuracy determined based on the network service and receive a response to the location request from the mobile device, the response comprising the location of the mobile device conforming to the specified location accuracy. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Vaccari, Yuntao Jia, Pierre Moreels, Matthew Robert Mallozzi, Gabriel Grise, Islam Ismailov
  • Publication number: 20170293623
    Abstract: Techniques for device configuration using messaging history information are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a contact list component operative to determine a promotion contact list for the user account; a predicted interest component operative to determine a predicted communication interest for each contact on a promotion contact list; a predicted activity component operative to determine a user predicted likelihood of future activeness on the communication system; determine a contact predicted likelihood of future activeness on the communication system for each contact; and a contact ranking component operative to determine the ranking weight for each contact based on the predicted communication interest for each contact on the promotion contact list, the user predicted likelihood of future activeness on the communication system, and the contact predicted likelihood of future activeness on the communication system for each contact on the promotion contact list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kimball, Kunal Nikhil Modi, Jonathan David Perlow, Peter Henry Martinazzi, Ariel Benjamin Evnine
  • Publication number: 20170277667
    Abstract: Techniques to predictively respond to user requests using natural language processing are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a client communication component operative to receive a user service request from a user client; an interaction processing component operative to submit the user service request to a memory-based natural language processing component; generate a series of user interaction exchanges with the user client based on output from the memory-based natural language processing component, wherein the series of user interaction exchanges are represented in a memory component of the memory-based natural language processing component; and receive one or more operator instructions for the performance of the user service request from the memory-based natural language processing component; and a user interface component operative to display the one or more operator instructions in an operator console. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason E. Weston, Antoine Bordes, Alexandre Lebrun, Martin Jean Raison
  • 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
  • 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: 20170206697
    Abstract: Techniques for animating stickers with sound include receiving audio input by a first mobile device; animating a selected image according to an energy level of the audio input using a set of animation frames associated with the selected image in a user interface view of an application executing on the first mobile device; and presenting the animated image concurrently with receiving the audio input. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia Anne McKenzie, Duckjin Kang, Dwayne B. Mercredi, Aaron Nech
  • Publication number: 20170201575
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to messaging, and in particular address several aspects of initiating a group conversation. When a user interacts with a messaging system, the system determines whether it is likely that the user intends to start a group conversation or a one-to-one conversation. Intent to start a group conversation can be signaled in a number of ways, such as: type of action requested; interactions with particular UI elements; length of message; analysis of previous user preferences; and analysis of a contacts group. Suggested users to add to the group may be dynamically displayed. The group can be selected in a number of ways, including: analysis of social network information; analysis of events or activities in which the user may be engaged; analysis of user affinities; analysis of the current members of the group; analysis of familial or friend relationships; and analysis of previous messaging activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Yaoshu Song, Peter Henry Martinazzi, Alexander Ristevski
  • Publication number: 20170180222
    Abstract: Techniques to detect foreground processes are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a client data reception component operative to receive a series of active process lists from a plurality of client devices via the networking interface controller on the server device; a graph construction component operative to construct a plurality of active process graphs based on the active process lists, wherein each client device is associated with a single active process graph, wherein each node in each of the plurality of active process graphs corresponds to an active process on an associated client device, wherein each pair of connected nodes in each graph corresponds to a concurrence of an associated pair of active processes on an associated client device; and a graph analysis component operative to determine foreground processes based on the constructed active process graphs. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Roee Eilat, Omri Gindi
  • Publication number: 20170177643
    Abstract: Techniques to configure media packages are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a client support component operative to receive search term information from a client device at a server device; and configure the client device with a selected one or more high-priority media items; a media server search component operative to transmit the search term information to a plurality of media servers; receive a plurality of media items from the plurality of media servers in response to the transmitting of the search term information to the plurality of media servers; and select the one or more high-priority media items from the plurality of media items based on priority weights; and a media item evaluation component operative to assign the priority weights to each of the plurality of media items. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner, Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20170171132
    Abstract: Techniques for ephemeral message are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a delayed-action worker module operative to wake according to a wake timer; determine a current update object for a delayed-action cursor for a recipient update queue for a messaging system, the delayed-action cursor associated with an action delay for the recipient update queue; determine a delayed-action activity for the current update object; perform the delay-action activity for the current update object; determine a next update object for the delayed-action cursor for the recipient update queue; and determine a next wake timer for the delayed-action worker module based on the action delay and a creation time for the next update object. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Steiner, Jeremy Fein, Erik Murphy-Chutorian, Ting Yang, Pierre-Luc Bertrand, Neil John Fulwiler
  • Publication number: 20170171131
    Abstract: Techniques for ephemeral message are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a sender inbound messaging component operative to receive an incoming update for a message queue at a client support server for a messaging system from a messaging client on a client device; a legacy client support component operative to determine whether the messaging client supports a client-side time-to-live setting; determine whether the incoming update should be associated with a server-specified time-to-live setting where the messaging client does not support the client-side time-to-live setting; and assign the incoming update the server-specified time-to-live setting where the messaging client does not support the client-side time-to-live setting and where the incoming update should be associated with a server-side time-to-live setting. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Steiner, Jeremy Fein, Erik Murphy Chutorian, Ting Yang, Alvin Portillo
  • Publication number: 20170147182
    Abstract: Techniques to remotely configure interface settings for messaging clients are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a user interface configuration object at a first messaging client on the first client device, the first messaging client on the first client device associated with a first user account with a messaging system, the user interface configuration object indicating a user interface setting specified at a second messaging client on a second client device, the second messaging client on the second client device associated with a second user account with the messaging system; and a user interface component operative to store the user interface setting in association with a message thread associated with the first user account and the second user account; and display a message thread interface for the message thread based on the user interface setting. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Henry Martinazzi, Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Jennifer A. Burge, Xiao Ou Wang, Benjamin Eric Hiller
  • Publication number: 20170142039
    Abstract: Techniques to configure the network distribution of media compositions for transmission are described. An apparatus may comprise a user interface component of a messaging client on a client device operative to receive a media composition via a composition interface, the messaging client associated with a user account with a messaging system; and receive a transmission command via the composition interface; and a messaging component operative to transmit a media composition package from the client device to the messaging system in response to the transmission command, the media composition package comprising the media composition, the media composition package addressed to a media composition distribution group for the user account, the media composition distribution group determined based on, at least in part, a messaging history for the user account with the messaging system. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Henry Martinazzi, Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Jennifer A. Burge, Christian Xavier Dalonzo
  • Publication number: 20170142055
    Abstract: Techniques to configure the network distribution of media compositions for reception are described. An apparatus may comprise a user interface component operative to display a messaging interface in association with a first user account with a messaging system, the messaging interface comprising a visual indicator for a second user account with the messaging system, the visual indicator comprising a media composition availability indicator, the media composition availability indicator associated with an inclusion of the first user account in a media composition distribution group for the second user account; receive a user selection of the media composition availability indicator in the messaging interface; and display the media composition in response to the user selection of the media composition availability indicator; and a messaging component operative to receive a media composition package associated with the first user account, the media composition package comprising the media composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Henry Martinazzi, Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Jennifer A. Burge, Christian Xavier Dalonzo
  • Publication number: 20170134491
    Abstract: Techniques for contact exploring are described. An apparatus may comprise a web component and a data retrieval component. The web component may be operative to receive a remote command from a web server, and to transmit a plurality of contacts to the web serve. The data retrieval component operative to retrieve the plurality of contacts from a contacts storage on the device in response to the received remote command. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikas Gupta, Lior Tal
  • Publication number: 20170132211
    Abstract: Techniques for graph based natural language processing are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a client service component operative on the processor circuit to receive a natural language user request from a device and to execute the natural language user request based on matched one or more objects and a social object relation component operative on the processor circuit to match the natural language user request to the one or more objects in an object graph, the object graph comprising token mappings for objects within the object graph, the token mappings based on data extracted from a plurality of interactions by a plurality of users of the network system, wherein the one or more objects are matched with the natural language user request based on the token mappings. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Franklin Daniel, Akash Guarav Gupta
  • Publication number: 20170134179
    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: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen A. Gandhi, Luiz Fernando Scheidegger, Breno Pompeu Roberto, Peter Avelino Ruibal, Marcus Erwin Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20170132212
    Abstract: Techniques for graph based natural language processing are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a client service component operative on the processor circuit to receive a natural language user request from a device and to execute the natural language user request based on matched one or more objects and a social object relation component operative on the processor circuit to match the natural language user request to the one or more objects in an object graph, the object graph comprising token mappings for objects within the object graph, the token mappings based on data extracted from a plurality of interactions by a plurality of users of the network system, wherein the one or more objects are matched with the natural language user request based on the token mappings. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Franklin Daniel, Akash Guarav Gupta
  • Publication number: 20170068579
    Abstract: Techniques to share application data through a messaging system are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a message package from a messaging service at a messaging client on a client device, the message package addressed from a source messaging account and addressed to a recipient messaging account, the recipient messaging account associated with the messaging client on the client device; extract an application data payload from the message package; receive an application service recommendation package from the messaging service, the application service recommendation package comprising an application service identifier; and an application interoperation component operative to transmit at least a portion of the application data payload to a recommended application service by the messaging client, the recommended application service identified by the application service identifier. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Salem Franklin, Matthew Steiner, Jonathan David Perlow
  • Publication number: 20170026324
    Abstract: Techniques to promote filtered messages based on historical reply rate are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging interface component operative to receive an incoming message; and transmit the incoming message to a configured delivery mailbox on a client device; and a destination mailbox configuration component operative to determine one or more connection categories between the sender account and the recipient account; determine a predicted reply rate for the incoming message based on the one or more connection categories, a recipient reply history for the recipient account, and a sender reply history for the sender account; configure the delivery mailbox for the incoming message based on the predicted reply rate; identify a most-prominent connection category of the one or more connection categories; and configure the incoming message with a banner message indicating the most-prominent connection category. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Adkins, Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20170026328
    Abstract: Techniques to promote filtered messages based on historical reply rate are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging interface component operative to receive an incoming message; and transmit the incoming message to a configured delivery mailbox on a client device; and a destination mailbox configuration component operative to determine one or more connection categories between the sender account and the recipient account; determine a predicted reply rate for the incoming message based on the one or more connection categories, a recipient reply history for the recipient account, and a sender reply history for the sender account; configure the delivery mailbox for the incoming message based on the predicted reply rate; identify a most-prominent connection category of the one or more connection categories; and configure the incoming message with a banner message indicating the most-prominent connection category. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Michael David Adkins, Seth Garrett Steinberg Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20170024068
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Daniel J. Smith, II, Nilesh V. Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J. Flynn, Andrei V.C. Gheorghe
  • Publication number: 20170013137
    Abstract: Techniques to detect video transfer from network usage are described. Some embodiments are particularly directed to techniques detect that a user and a particular application is engaging in video transfer, particularly a video download, through monitoring the network usage of applications and whether applications are foregrounded. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a network usage monitoring component operative to determine a foreground application on a device; monitor network usage for the foreground application on the device; and determine whether the network usage for the foreground application exceeds a video usage signature threshold; and a logging component operative to log video activity in a video usage time series log where the network usage for the foreground application exceeds the video usage signature threshold. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Roee Eilat, Omri Gindi
  • Publication number: 20160381603
    Abstract: Techniques for generating and providing on-demand customized mobile data services are described. A technique may include receiving application usage data at a data package service; analyzing the application usage data to obtain analyzed data; designing one or more data service packages according to the analyzed data, each data service package to define a set of parameters to manage access to a cellular data network; presenting one or more data service packages to a client device; receiving a selection of a data service package from the client device; and uploading a policy associated with the selected data service package to a data access server. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Lauri Jaakko Vuornos, Joonas Emil Hjelt
  • Publication number: 20160381018
    Abstract: Techniques for call-based user verification are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a processor circuit and a storage component. The apparatus may further comprise a session component, an identification (ID) component, a mapping component, and a verification component. The session component may be operative on the processor circuit and configured to receive session data from a client device and store the session data in the storage component. The ID component may be operative on the processor circuit and configured to request ID data from a server, receive ID data from the server, and send the ID data to the client device. The mapping component may be operative on the processor circuit and configured to map the session data with the ID data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Edward Hettervik, Surendra Gadodia, Xiao Liang, Antony T. Fu, Molly Jane Fowler
  • Publication number: 20160380824
    Abstract: Techniques for enforcing a data service package are described. A method may comprise receiving a network data packet from a client device; determining an originating application and a data end point from the network data packet; determining whether a policy in a policy store allows the client device to access a cellular data network; and forwarding the network data packet to the data end point on the cellular data network when a policy does allow the access. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauri Jaakko Vuornos, Joonas Emil Hjelt
  • Publication number: 20160360043
    Abstract: Techniques for dynamic zero-rated server clusters are described. Some embodiments are particularly directed to techniques for delivering zero-rated content packages in which different client devices with different zero-rated content packages may receive their appropriate zero-rated content using a shared cluster of zero-rated servers. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a network access component operative to receive a user request at a network service from a client device via a data network, wherein the network service is rate-adjusted for the client device with the data network; and respond to the user request; and a rate-adjustment management component operative to access a rate-adjustment wallet for a user account for the user request; and configure the network access component to respond to the user request based on the rate-adjustment wallet. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Pacifici, Zixiao Zhang, Timothy Irish Bauman, Breno Pompeu Roberto