Yahoo Patents

Yahoo! Inc. operates an Internet portal that provides communications services, including Yahoo Mail and Messenger, and sports, weather, finance and other digital news content to its users. The company also operates Flickr, the photo sharing website, and Tumblr, a social media and microblogging platform.

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  • Publication number: 20180012254
    Abstract: An advertisement delivery apparatus according to the present application includes a receiving unit, a classifying unit, and a determining unit. The receiving unit receives a delivery request for a plurality of advertisements to be delivered to a terminal device. The classifying unit classifies the advertisements for which the delivery request is received by the receiving unit into a plurality of groups, based on a predetermined condition. The determining unit determines the advertisements to be delivered, for each of the groups classified by the classifying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsaku ASANO, Yuki TAKI
  • Publication number: 20180012284
    Abstract: An information analysis apparatus includes: a weight assigning unit that assigns a weight to each of a plurality of items based on an action taken by a user who has viewed a sales content on which the plurality of items to be recommended are posted; a selection unit that selects a plurality of pairs in which two items are selected among the plurality of items placed in the sales content and associated with each other; and an evaluation unit that evaluates a characteristic based on characteristic information indicating a property of each of the two items selected as a pair by the selection unit and the weight assigned by the weight assigning unit to the two items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo IGARASHI, Yotaro SUZUKI, Kenji IMAI, Yuki SAITO
  • Patent number: 9864999
    Abstract: The technologies described herein identify multiple electronic devices belonging to the same group. A computer system receives, from network accessing applications of a plurality of electronic devices, internet protocol (IP) trajectory information about the network accessing applications via a network. The IP trajectory information includes a user identifier, a list of IP addresses associated with each of the network accessing applications, and timestamps specifying times each of the network accessing applications accesses the network. The computer system identifies and removes commercial IP addresses from the list of IP addresses, analyzes IP trajectory information to retrieve a most commonly used IP address for each of the network accessing applications during a certain period, and determines that different network accessing applications belong to the same group if the most commonly used IP addresses for the different network accessing applications are the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Hao Cheng, Rohit Chandra, Jimmy Yang
  • Patent number: 9864593
    Abstract: When a server receives a request for an information payload from a remote device, the server may determine the device's type and identify an optionally-installable application that can be used to access the information payload on devices of that type. When the optionally-installable application is not installed on the remote device, the server may store a identifier for the remote device and send the device a redirection message via which the device can obtain and install the application. Subsequently, when the server receives an installation indication from the application executing on a remote device, the server may identify the device as having recently been redirected to install the application and store or update a record indicating that an application-installation event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Jesse Chor
  • Patent number: 9866509
    Abstract: Systems and methods to reduce false positives in spam filtering. In one aspect, a method includes automatically generating profiles for persons identified in messages, such as incoming and outgoing e-mails. Messages flagged as spam can be checked against the profile to identify false positives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Michael Smith, Joshua Robert Russell Jacobson, Brian Tadao Kobashikawa, Gregory Garland Thatcher
  • Patent number: 9865261
    Abstract: As provided herein, an audio signal (e.g., a user's spoken statement “check email”) may be received from the user of a client device accessing a webpage (e.g., a webmail webpage) utilizing a browser. The webpage may be parsed, analyzed, and/or mapped to identify one or more elements on the webpage (e.g., a send/receive email user interface element). The audio signal may be evaluated relative to the one or more elements on the webpage (e.g., such as by a dictionary comprising one or more audio signals paired to one or more audio commands) to identify an audio command. The audio command may be transformed into a text command (e.g., a script corresponding to a script action that invokes the send/receive email user interface element). The text command may be utilized to invoke an event (e.g., send/receive email) corresponding to an element on the webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mohit Goenka, Stephani Bishop
  • Patent number: 9867046
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of services access through progressive registration via a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Schwarzapel, Dylan Casey, Lovlesh Chhabra, Atte Lahtiranta, Jon Hryn, Daniel Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20180004718
    Abstract: A fact machine receives a comment string from a webpage and segments the comments into sub-conversations. The fact machine also identifies entities within comments or draft comments as well as a sentiment and/or attributes associated with the entity. The fact machine then queries a knowledge base for facts relating to the entity, the attributes, and/or the sentiment. The fact machine then provides the facts to a user prior to the user posting a draft comment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Aasish Kumar Pappu, Sungjin Lee, Joel Ranjan Tetreault, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 9858249
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media are provided for managing user generated content in relation to content. One example method includes receiving a request to access an article having descriptive content that includes one or more entities. Each entity in the article has an assigned prominence score, and the request is received from a website in response to user selection of the article. The method further includes identifying one or more media forums to relate to the article. Each media forum includes one or more discussion threads, and each media forum is associated with an interest graph that changes over time. Responsive to the request, the method selects a media forum from the one or more media forums to associate with the article based on examination of the interest graph of the media forum and the assigned prominence scores of entities in the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Metcalf, Jaesung Park
  • Patent number: 9852492
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of detecting and image of a human face in a digital image are disclosed. For one embodiment, as an example, parameters of a neural network may be developed to generate object labels for digital images. The developed parameters may be refined by a neural network to generate signal sample value levels corresponding to probability that a human face may be depicted at a localized region of a digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Saberian, Sachin Sudhakar Farfade, Jia Li
  • Publication number: 20170366626
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed for generating mapping data structures based on predicted relationships across tracking data obtained from tracking online browsing histories of users to a network of websites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Wang, Kuang-chih Lee, Quan Lu
  • Publication number: 20170365099
    Abstract: An image processing device according to the present application includes an accepting unit and a specifying unit. The accepting unit accepts image data that includes therein at least two diagrams that can be extracted as circles. The specifying unit specifies, by checking a parameter that is calculated from a pair of two circles included in the image data accepted by the accepting unit against a parameter that is calculated from a pair of two perfect circles that have previously been registered as markers that are used for image processing, the pair of the two circles included in the image data as the markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuki SAKAMOTO, Shinichi HIGASHINO, Sakiko NISHI
  • Publication number: 20170364966
    Abstract: A determination device according to the present application includes an acquisition unit, an estimation unit, and a determination unit. The acquisition unit acquires user information as information about a user. The estimation unit estimates a degree of contribution of the user to a predetermined service based on the user information acquired by the acquisition unit. The determination unit determines an aspect of providing information content to the user based on the degree of contribution estimated by the estimation unit. Accordingly, the determination device according to the present application improves cost effectiveness of the information content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20170364946
    Abstract: A determination device according to the present application includes an acquisition unit, a calculation unit, and a determination unit. The acquisition unit acquires user information that is information regarding a user who uses a terminal device that becomes a providing destination of content. The calculation unit calculates scores regarding a probability of the user performing a predetermined behavior for a plurality of pieces of the content on the basis of the user information acquired by the acquisition unit. The determination unit determines distribution content to be distributed to the terminal device on the basis of the scores of the plurality of pieces of content calculated by the calculation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki TAKI, Kenichi YAMADA, Sachio YAGI
  • Publication number: 20170364963
    Abstract: An example system can include a server that includes or is associated with a keyword recommendation module. The keyword recommendation module can be configured to select keywords for a search engine for use in a search engine marketing campaign, wherein the search engine provides more traffic to Internet content of a publisher than other search engines, for the keywords. The module can also be configured to determine, per keyword, user engagement with the Internet content resulting from the traffic provided by the search engine for the keywords, according to one or more of time spent viewing the Internet content, page views of the Internet content, and dwell times. The module can also be configured to score, per keyword, the keywords according to the determined user engagement with the Internet content, and generate keyword recommendations according to the scoring of the keywords.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Supreeth Rao, Jianning Dong, Anurag Ojha, Matt Earls, Saurabh Dixit
  • Patent number: 9848246
    Abstract: A method comprises retrieving a profile of a given user, the given user having a given-user device; delivering a content item to the given-user device; receiving one or more user-specified tags associated with the content item; identifying one or more buddies of the user as indicated in the profile; and delivering the one or more tags to the one or more buddies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Jacoby, Brenda O'Kane
  • Patent number: 9843833
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling presentation of supplemental application content to display devices while particular content is rendered on the display device. One example method includes receiving a request, at a server, to register a display device. The display device has hardware for communication over the Internet with the server. The display device further includes hardware for communication with a broadcast television provider that provides broadcast content to the display device. The method also includes registering the display device with the server. The registering includes receiving attributes of the display device. Also included is receiving information, at the server, regarding content rendered on the display device, and sending to the display device application data for at least one of the applications of the display device. The application data is correlated to the content rendered on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Jacoby
  • Patent number: 9842144
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes: receiving an incomplete input from a user; presenting a plurality of suggestions to the user for completion of the input, wherein the suggestions are presented in a ranked order based on a characteristic associated with the user terminal; receiving a selection by the user of a suggestion from the suggestions; and completing the input with the suggestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank J. Cort, Joshua Robert Russell Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9843823
    Abstract: Systems and methods consistent with the present innovations are directed to implementations involving creation, viewing, playing, sharing and/or utilization of information modules, such as mixed-media modules. Various embodiments relating to aspects of server processing, media searching, user interface and/or other features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Doug Imbruce, Owen Bossola, Rasmus Knutsson, Hakim El Hattab, Tommy Chheng
  • Patent number: 9842145
    Abstract: A method includes: generating profile data for users including a first user, the profile data related to contacts or persons used in messages to or from each user; generating, via a server platform, parameters corresponding to the profile data for ranking contacts or persons; and transmitting the parameters to client devices to allow each client device to determine ranks of contacts or persons in the profile data based on the parameters and a function that uses the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank J. Cort, Joshua Robert Russell Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9836545
    Abstract: Users receive content recommendations from a personalized, generalized recommendation service that aggregates and selects content of high personal relevance to each individual user from a large pool of both personal and public content. The received content is filtered and the content determined to be relevant is cached. When a user request for content is received, the cached content is rescored and the content determined to be most relevant based on satisfaction of a relevance threshold is selected and forwarded to the user. Feedback methodologies are also implemented so that a user's actions are taken into consideration in real time and can affect subsequent recommendations to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Chris LuVogt, Vu B. Nguyen, Brian Theodore, Bruce Robbins
  • Patent number: 9836550
    Abstract: In a client-server system where a client system presents a browser for user interaction, a browser user interface includes functionality for handling dynamic interface elements received by the browser in connection with received pages, presented as part of the browser user interface and modified in response to selected user input without requiring farther interaction with a server. In addition to, or in place of, dynamic interface elements such as slide sheets, the browser user interface might also include a rotation display area, tool displays that can overlay a page, opaquely or semi-transparently, menu structures, and an ability for the user to modify a page layout without requiring server interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Chu, Chris Mancini, Lawrence Morrisroe
  • Patent number: 9836525
    Abstract: A content item categorizer system retrieves content items from Internet sources. If a retrieved content item includes sufficient information for traditional categorization methods, then the system assigns one or more categories to the content item using such traditional methods. The system creates a metadata model, based on information about traditionally-categorized content items, that maps at least hashtags from the content items to one or more content categories. When the system retrieves a sparse-info item that does not include sufficient information for traditional categorization, the system applies the metadata model to categorize the content item using at least hashtags in the sparse-info item. The metadata model may also include information indicating mappings between categories and coincidence of hashtags and additional content item attributes. Also, the metadata model may provide information for categorizing sparse-info items based on multiple hashtags in the sparse-info item metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Wexler, Brian Webb
  • Patent number: 9838348
    Abstract: A search query for searching electronic messages, such as email, may be used to search for different types of items, such as and without limitation electronic messages, contacts, photos, documents, such as and without limitation papers, presentations, etc., business entities, personal information extracted from messages, such as and without limitation purchase orders, shipments, reservations, travel itineraries, etc. Several sources of data, which may be indexed for searching, such as and without limitation a personal mail search index, contacts, or business entity, index, attachments index, extracted data index, etc. may be searched using the search query. A number of top search result items, which may include different types of items, may be presented apart from other search result items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Yoelle Maarek, Liane Lewin-Eytan, Ariel Raviv, David Carmel, Guy Halawi, Zohar Karnin, Peter Monaco
  • Patent number: 9836539
    Abstract: Methods and system for providing a list of recommended items in response to a query includes obtaining user navigation information relevant to the query from a plurality of user access logs associated with the plurality of users. The user access logs define the navigation sequence followed by a plurality of users for a plurality of queries. The navigation sequence represents the users browsing behavior and identifies answers to the queries. A set of temporal parameters for analyzing the user navigation information is identified. The temporal parameters define time frame for analyzing the user navigation information. A list of recommended items to navigate is dynamically generated by analyzing user navigation information obtained from user access logs using temporal parameters. The generated list includes items that are most relevant to the query. The generated list of items is returned in response to the query and represents an optimal result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Meng-Fen Chiang, Wen-Chih Peng
  • Patent number: 9838345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generation of a relationship history or text for a new message. In one embodiment, a method includes: scanning, by a computing device, a set of messages to or from a user to generate a plurality of profiles for persons associated with the messages, each person being a sender or a recipient of at least one of the set of messages, and the persons including a first person; generating, via the computer, a relationship history using the plurality of profiles, wherein the relationship history is for a relationship between the user and the first person; and presenting the relationship history to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Monaco, Angel Steger
  • Publication number: 20170344534
    Abstract: Systems and methods of natural language processing in an environment with no existing corpus are disclosed. The method includes defining an input grammar specific to a chosen domain, the input grammar having a domain specific knowledge and general grammatical knowledge. Groups of tokens are identified within the input grammar having syntactic and semantic equivalence. The identified groups are assembled into hypernyms, wherein the hypernyms include a semantic output for each token in the hypernyms. A list of fields is then combined with the hypernyms for combination with the hypernyms. A corpus of possible combinations of hypernyms and fields is created. A data structure mapping each possible combination to a partial semantic output is generated and the data structure is saved for use in later processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Scally, Richard Caneba, Nick Cassimatis
  • Publication number: 20170344305
    Abstract: A storage device according to the present application includes a receiving unit and a control unit. The receiving unit receives a write request for writing a file with a specified directory name. The control unit writes the file in association with a directory of the specified directory name into a memory device, within a range up to an upper limit set for the number of files to be written in the memory device in association with each directory, in response to the write request received by the receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuharu GOTO
  • Publication number: 20170345196
    Abstract: A generating apparatus according to an embodiment of the present application includes an obtaining unit and a generating unit. The obtaining unit obtains intermediate images in an intermediate layer of a neural network that recognizes the quantity of objects contained in an image. The generating unit generates a combination image by combining together the intermediate images obtained by the obtaining unit. For example, the generating unit generates the combination image by combining together the intermediate images to which a weight has been applied on the basis of a change in the recognition of the quantity of objects corresponding to a process applied to each of the intermediate images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro TANAKA, Naoaki YAMASHITA
  • Patent number: 9830351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and playing a sequence of media objects based on a mood gradient are also disclosed. A mood gradient is a sequence of items, in which each item is media object having known characteristics or a representative set of characteristics of a media object, that is created or used by a user for a specific purpose. Given a mood gradient, one or more new media objects are selected for each item in the mood gradient based on the characteristics associated with that item. In this way, a sequence of new media objects is created but the sequence exhibits a similar variation in media object characteristics. The mood gradient may be presented to a user or created via a display illustrating a three-dimensional space in which each dimension corresponds to a different characteristic. The mood gradient may be represented as a path through the three-dimensional space and icons representing media objects are located within the three-dimensional space based on their characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: William White, Malcolm Slaney
  • Publication number: 20170337627
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment an information distribution apparatus includes an acquisition unit that, acquires a predetermined score stored in a storage device for a user corresponding to the client information terminal device; a selection unit that selects a data item to be incorporated as a. component into the data for digital screen display to be distributed to the client information terminal device in accordance with the score acauired by the acquisition unit; and a distribution unit that, after incorporating a component corresponding to the data selected by the selection unit into the data for digital screen display, distributes the resultant data for digital screen display to the client information terminal device that is a transmission source of the distribution request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu SANADA
  • Publication number: 20170339159
    Abstract: A registering apparatus disclosed herein includes a receiving unit and a registering unit. The receiving unit receives a registration request that is transmitted from a first terminal apparatus of which reliability has been verified on the basis of a predetermined rule and that is a request including certification indicating that a second terminal apparatus is trusted by the first terminal apparatus on the basis of a rule held in the first terminal apparatus. The registering unit registers the second terminal apparatus, when the receiving unit has received the registration request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidehito GOMI, Teruhiko TERAOKA, Wataru OGAMI
  • Publication number: 20170330239
    Abstract: A signature matrix is used to test each online event for inclusion of a user in a pre-generated lookalike audience. Locality Sensitive Hashing is used to compile the signature matrix to dramatically reduce memory storage requirements and processing time for each received online event. A technique of producing incremental signature matrices between generation of the full signature matrix helps to enable near-real time performance in processing each received event to see if a user associated with that event should be added to one of the lookalike audiences pre-generated by advertiser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Haiyan Luo, Datong Chen, Zhen Xia, Shiyong Cheng, Yi Mao, Shu Zhang, Jiayi Wen, Xiaojiang Cheng, Herve Marcellini
  • Patent number: 9819765
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide assistance for completion during user input. In one embodiment, a method includes automatically generating profiles for persons identified in messages, such as incoming and outgoing emails. When a user is typing an input, the profiles are used to identify suggestions for the completion of the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Garland Thatcher, Joshua Robert Russell Jacobson, Frank J. Cort, Adam Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 9818132
    Abstract: An advertisement delivery management apparatus according to an embodiment includes an allocation unit and an advertisement delivery unit. The allocation unit selects delivery target users who have the user attribute designated by each of order requests and whose number corresponds to the number of deliveries designated by each of order requests, from a plurality of delivery target users predicted as future advertisement delivery destinations, and allocates the selected delivery target users to the order requests. The advertisement delivery unit selects the advertising information of the order request corresponding to a user attribute of a user of a user terminal on the basis of the allocation result of the allocation unit and transmits the selected advertising information to the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimura, Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Hiroyuki Kato, Takenobu Dei
  • Patent number: 9811595
    Abstract: A web site receives, by a computer, a request from a user device to display a news item web page. The computer determines a time and date that the user previously visited the web site to view news items, identifies news items published after the determined time and date, dynamically generates a web page including at least a portion of the identified news items, and transmits the generated web page to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Pradheep Elango
  • Patent number: 9813870
    Abstract: System and method are directed towards determining an approximate location of a cell tower (CT), using at least implicit location information obtained from a plurality of mobile devices obtained while each mobile device user employs a location based application. Also obtained are CT identifiers associated with a cell tower each mobile device is currently employing. When a sufficient number of mobile devices provide implicit location information for a given CT identifier, an approximate location may be determined. Subsequently, when a mobile device provides a CT identifier for which an approximate location has been determined, the approximate location information may be used to assist the user of the mobile device. For example, the user might access a location based application and automatically have an approximate location of the user's mobile device be provided to the application transparent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Mor Naaman
  • Patent number: 9811841
    Abstract: A correction device includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an arrangement position of advertisement information within a predetermined page layout when the advertisement information arranged in the predetermined page layout is displayed on a display screen of a terminal and a click rate at the arrangement position. The correction device includes a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a specific position in the predetermined page layout displayed on the display screen and an attention degree index indicating a degree of attention of the specific position as compared to another position. The correction device includes a correction unit configured to correct a click rate of the advertisement information based on the attention degree index of the specific position corresponding to the arrangement position of the advertisement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Shimora
  • Publication number: 20170318433
    Abstract: A notification-needed information presenting apparatus that includes a plurality of display devices configured to display information to an occupant of a vehicle, at least one sensor included in each of the plurality of display devices that is configured to detect at least one of a position of the occupant and a behavior of the occupant, and a processor operatively coupled with the plurality of display devices and each of the at least one sensor that is programmed to determine behavior of the occupant toward the plurality of display devices, and control the plurality of display devices to present an advertisement to the occupant in accordance with at least one of: the determined behavior of the occupant, and a condition related to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20170316453
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a determination unit that determines the degree of familiarity between a user and an artifact that performs interactive interaction with the user, on the basis of at least one of the type and the amount of the user's action detected when the artifact is accompanied by the user, and a change unit that changes the content of the interaction in accordance with the degree of familiarity determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20170316452
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a determination unit that determines the degree of familiarity between a user and an artifact that performs interactive interaction with the user, on the basis of at least one of the type and the amount of the user's action detected when the artifact is accompanied by the user, and a change unit that changes the content of the interaction in accordance with the degree of familiarity determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20170316451
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a determination unit that determines the degree of familiarity between a user and an artifact that performs interactive interaction with the user, on the basis of at least one of the type and the amount of the user's action detected when the artifact is accompanied by the user, and a change unit that changes the content of the interaction in accordance with the degree of familiarity determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Patent number: 9807181
    Abstract: Methods for categorizing news are presented. One method groups articles into clusters that share a common topic. A first category is identified for each article that indicates if the article is news or not. Further, the method includes an operation for determining use data for each article that has information about people that have accessed or referenced the article. Additionally, the method includes an operation for combining the use data and the first category for all the articles in each cluster to determine the geographical scope of interest for the cluster. The use data and the first category are combined for all the articles in each cluster to determine a second category for each article that indicates if the article is general news, topical news, or not news. The articles are presented to the user based on the geographical scope of interest, the second category, and the attributes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Wexler
  • Patent number: 9805122
    Abstract: A search engine for finding objects that correspond to a search request, including an input module for receiving a keyword query from a user, and a search module being configured to map the keyword query to the identifiers of objects that semantically match the keyword or the plurality of keywords contained in the keyword query, and to generate a search result that contains a listing of matching object identifiers, is characterized in that the search module is further configured to generate the search result by considering network layer information about the user within the process of mapping the keyword query to identifiers of matching objects, wherein the network layer information include sophisticated information the search module receives from a dedicated entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: NEC EUROPE LTD., YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Seedorf, Saverio Niccolini, Martin Stiemerling, Flavio Junqueira, Marco Serafini, Ivan Kelly, Vincent Leroy, Berkant Barla Cambazoglu
  • Patent number: 9805305
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of training multiclass convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are disclosed. For one embodiment, as an example, an auxiliary CNN may be utilized to form an ensemble with the collection as a linear combination. The linear combination may be based, at least in part, on boost prediction error encountered during the training process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Saberian, Jia Li, Jian Yang
  • Patent number: 9807550
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more client devices, techniques, and/or systems are provided for presenting weather conditions. A grid size of a first geohash cell (e.g., space subdivided into a grid), corresponding to a location of a user, is determined based upon supplemental factors (e.g., population density, elevation, topography, etc.). A first weather station, located in the first geohash cell, and a second weather station, located in a second geohash cell neighboring the first geohash cell, are identified. A first distance from the first weather station to the location is determined, and a second distance from the second weather station to the location is determined. Responsive to the first distance being less than the second distance, information from the first weather station is presented to the user. Responsive to the second distance being less than the first distance, information from the second weather station is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Ramarao, Arunkumar Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 9806942
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing deep linking capability from any mobile app to any other mobile app in a way that is scalable. App configuration information (including deep link information) is programmatically accumulated and provided to mobile devices in a way that enables launching or linking to mobile apps to meet expressed information needs of users. In addition, online marketplaces are described that employ such techniques to enable a wide variety of transaction types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanchan Saxena, Daryl Low, Gaurav Vaish
  • Publication number: 20170308773
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a learning device includes a generating unit that generates a new second learner by using a part of a first learner in which deep learning has been performed on the relationship held by a combination of first content and second content that has a type different from that of the first content. The learning device includes a learning unit that allows the second learner generated by the generating unit to perform deep learning on the relationship held by a combination of the first content and third content that has a type different from that of the second content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi MIYAZAKI, Nobuyuki SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9800679
    Abstract: Systems and methods to define a social network for a user using data implied by communications of the user with others. In one embodiment, a method includes scanning messages to identify persons addressed in the messages; computing scores of the persons to determine a relevancy of each person; receiving, by a first computing device, a request from a computer program running on a second computing device; in response to the request from the computer program, providing access to friend data for the persons, the computer program to provide services based on the friend data; and sending the friend data to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Hein, Jon New
  • Patent number: D801356
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Stein, Tony Ke