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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  • Patent number: 9940408
    Abstract: A trigger query obtaining apparatus includes a graph creating unit, a score calculation unit, a trigger query obtaining unit, and an output unit. The graph creating unit creates a minimal directed graph having nodes each corresponding to a search query included in one of two search logs, and a link directed from one node to another node. The score calculation unit calculates a score for each node of a directed graph composed of minimal directed graphs, using a seed query. The trigger query obtaining unit obtains a trigger query that is a search query corresponding to a node having a score that satisfies a condition. The output unit outputs the trigger query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sumio Fujita
  • Patent number: 9940372
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for automatically determining when to trigger instant search. In one technique, while a user is entering text to formulate a search query, and prior to receiving an indication that the user has completed formulation of the search query, a search assistant system determines the most popular queries that include the text the user has already entered. The search assistant system then determines whether to proactively provide, to the user, search results for the top-candidate of those completed queries. That determination may take into account factors such as whether the top-candidate qualifies as a dominant completed query, a richness metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query, and/or a satisfaction metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Shenhong Zhu, Kazuhiro Nakao, Zhongqiang Chen, Chun Ming Sze, Huming Wu, Farzin Maghoul
  • Patent number: 9939277
    Abstract: A system and method generates and recommends a short and pleasant path between a source s and destination d in a geo-location such as a city or city center. The routes are not only short but emotionally pleasant, offering an engaging user experience, going beyond just showing paths on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Maria Aiello, Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella
  • Patent number: 9940575
    Abstract: As provided herein, a domain model, corresponding to a domain of an image, may be merged with a pre-trained fundamental model to generate a trained fundamental model. The trained fundamental model may comprise a feature description of the image converted into a binary code. Responsive to a user submitting a search query, a coarse image search may be performed, using a search query binary code derived from the search query, to identify a candidate group, comprising one or more images, having binary codes corresponding to the search query binary code. A fine image search may be performed on the candidate group utilizing a search query feature description derived from the search query. The fine image search may be used to rank images within the candidate group based upon a similarity between the search query feature description and feature descriptions of the one or more images within the candidate group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JenHao Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20180095967
    Abstract: A system and method for ranking query-advertisement combinations is disclosed. Embodiments use an online component to enhance and rank query ad combinations. The query ad combination is then reranked with a trained factorization machine. The subsequent list of ranked query-ad combinations is then output. The output may be to an auction for determine ad-query combinations having the greatest expected revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagaraj KOTA
  • Patent number: 9935793
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to identifying entities in content, highlighting the identified entities, and displaying an interactive chat session based on a selected entity. The interactive chat session and the content may be displayed in the same browser window. The interactive chat session may be overlaid on top of the content, inserted inline into the content, or otherwise embedded within the content. The content and the interactive chat session may both remain active in the browser window, enabling a user to conveniently read and chat about the content. The topic of the interactive chat session may be automatically selected from a hierarchical taxonomy of chat session topics, or the user may select the topic from one or more provided taxonomies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Vadim Von Brzeski, Reiner Kraft
  • Publication number: 20180082186
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment an estimation device includes a collecting unit that collects pieces of operation information that indicate operational statuses of electric devices, provided in a predetermined facility, and terminal information that is acquired by a terminal device of a user in the predetermined facility. The estimation device includes an estimating unit that estimates an action of a user in the predetermined facility based on the pieces of operation information and the terminal information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20180082195
    Abstract: An inference device disclosed herein includes an identifying unit, and an inferring unit. The identifying unit identifies a set of a predetermined phenomenon, an effect having a causal relation with the predetermined phenomenon, and a polarity of the effect, from concept information in which a phenomenon, an effect having a causal relation with the phenomenon, a polarity to be an indicator of advantages and disadvantages caused by the effect to a user. The inferring unit infers an effect caused when the predetermined phenomenon occurs, and advantages and disadvantages caused by the effect based on the set identified by the identifying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20180082196
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a generation apparatus includes a selection unit that selects a model to be used for generating a response based on one of conditions input from a user among from a plurality of models for generating responses to inquiries, the models being for generating the responses corresponding to the conditions that are different from one another. The generation apparatus includes a generation unit that generates the response to an inquiry from the user by using the model selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo KITAGISHI, Akishi TSUMORI, Tooru UENAGA, Akiomi NISHIDA, Takao KOMIYA
  • Publication number: 20180082323
    Abstract: A selling item transaction processing device disclosed herein includes a setting reception unit, a transaction price changing unit, a purchase reception unit, and a processing unit. The setting reception unit receives setting of a transaction price of a selling item. The transaction price changing unit gradually lowers the transaction price. The purchase reception unit receives a purchase request on the selling item at the transaction price. The processing unit performs processing in response to the purchase request. The transaction price changing unit dynamically changes a mode of lowering the transaction price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin TSURUTA
  • Patent number: 9924203
    Abstract: A delivery device according to the present disclosure includes a receiving unit and a delivering unit. The receiving unit receives a user attribute of a user using a space in which an output device is installed for each user. The delivering unit delivers content corresponding to the user to the output device for each user based on the user attribute received through the receiving unit. Thus, the delivery device the present disclosure can effectively use an output device installed for each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sotaro Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9922121
    Abstract: A search system includes a terminal apparatus and a server apparatus. The server apparatus includes a response unit configured to respond image information about a web page of a search result corresponding to the search query for a web search transmitted by the terminal apparatus to the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive the image information about the web page of the search result from the server apparatus, and a display control unit configured to display the image information received by the receiving unit on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taketo Sano, Hiroyuki Soya
  • Patent number: 9922096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a web browser-based scheme for combining structured data, infographic definitions, and visual styling information to render infographics and aggregate collections of infographics, referred to herein as “Vizumes” and “Personas.” In exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, a relational database and/or a file system stores user data, infographic definitions, templates and palettes; combines these elements to produce individual infographic representations or a collection of infographic/visualizations (Vizumes) on a single canvas; allows users to choose different infographic visualizations of the same underlying data; and allows users to change the layout, font style, and color palette to instantly produce different visual presentations from the same data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Silverstein, D. Eli Tucker, Jeff Cutler-Stamm
  • Patent number: 9924309
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for location tracking. In one embodiment, an apparatus receives a message sent to a user of a mobile device in a wireless network, and a processor determines at least one location parameter. Data is extracted from the message, and initiation of a computing function (e.g., transmission of a communication to the mobile device) is triggered by a match between the location and the data from the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Sol Lipman, David Robinson, Jeffrey Bonforte, Victor Chen
  • Patent number: 9916309
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method for summarizing an electronic document includes splitting the electronic document into a plurality of terms, wherein each of the plurality of terms is associated with a respective length, a respective informativeness score, and a respective coherence score, automatically selecting a subset of the plurality of terms, such that an aggregate informativeness score of the subset is maximized while an aggregate length of the subset is less than or equal to a maximum length, and arranging the subset as a summary of the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Inderjeet Mani, Eugenio Ciurana, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Bart K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9916364
    Abstract: News search and browse experience is personalized based on user preferences. User attributes like a geographic location are obtained and news sources preferred by other users with attributes similar to those of a requesting user are identified. News sources that are popular across different user groups are eliminated and relevant news items from the remaining news sources are retrieved and presented to the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Srinivas Vadrevu, Su-Lin Wu, Ben Shahshahani
  • Patent number: 9916600
    Abstract: An auction apparatus according to the application includes a plan receiving unit and a providing unit. The plan receiving unit gradually receives plan information indicating a plan of content from a content creator who creates the content a plurality of times. The providing unit additionally presents the plan information which is gradually received by the plan receiving unit and provides an auction service in which a bid target is a right to display an advertisement in an advertising space set to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Takata, Nobuyuki Akashi, Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Nari Woo, Akihiro Tanabe, Shinichiro Sega, Rin Katou
  • Patent number: 9912758
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to continuing a user session of an application from one device to another device. Information related to a first user session of a first application installed on a first device is received. The first user session information may indicate content and content presentation provided via the first application. A request, based on a pre-defined URL, for the first session information is received from a second device. Responsive to the request, the information related to the first user session is provided to the second device so that a second user session of a second application at the second device provides the same content in the same presentation as in the first user session. The first and second user sessions both may be associated with a same specific user identity, and the first and second applications have at least one common function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Ric Allinson
  • Patent number: 9910898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for building a latent item vector and item bias for a new item in a collaborative filtering system are disclosed. The method includes dividing incoming users into intervals with each interval having a learning phase and a selection phase. The learning phase scores each incoming user according to a best estimate latent vector and bias and saves the highest score. In the selection each incoming user is scored and a user exceeding the highest score is selected. The best estimate latent vector and bias is then updated based on the user's vector and bias, and the user's interaction with the item. The updated best estimate latent vector is then used in further intervals for learning and selecting users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Oren Shlomo Somekh, Michal Aharon, Shahar Golan, Noa Avigdor-Elgrabli, Dana Drachsler Cohen
  • Patent number: 9911223
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content generating, searching, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across platforms, which can be used to improve the quality of data used in processing interactions between or among processors in such systems. The disclosed systems and methods provide systems and methods for automatically extracting and creating an animated Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) file from a media file. The disclosed systems and methods identify a number of GIF candidates from a video file, and based on analysis of each candidate's attributes, features and/or qualities, at least one GIF candidate is automatically selected for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Yale Song, Michael Gygli, Liangliang Cao
  • Patent number: 9912766
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for matching clicks of links on a webpage with page views by a user. The method may comprise identifying a link on a webpage requested by a client device, generating a link identifier for the link and attaching the link identifier to the link. Upon receiving a request for data associated with the link, the link identifier is stored in a log file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Nagaraj, Nanda Kumar Jayakumar, Kian-Tat Lim, George Goldenberg, Adam Rosen, Joonsuk Bae
  • Publication number: 20180060411
    Abstract: A system for generating a cluster profile is provided. The system may include a server and a database. The server may be configured to receive event information from a plurality of consumer devices. The database may store a plurality of member profiles. The server may be configured to retrieve the member profiles from the database and may determine a subset of member profiles to associate with a cluster; the server may calculate an intersection of the facts from the subset of member profiles and may generate a cluster profile based on the intersection of the facts from the subset of member profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaylan Kanuri, Wendell Baker, Alvaro Mendez, Gergely Timar
  • Patent number: 9904939
    Abstract: A system for targeting advertising can include a communications interface and a processor. The communications interface can receive data associated with times of use of applications. The processor can be communicatively coupled to the communications interface and can categorize the applications by genres. The categorization is within a time of use group and is based on at least part of the retrieved data. The processor can also determine priority values associated with the genres based on levels of use of the applications during a period of time associated with the time of use group. The processor can also identify a current time and determine an advertisement according to at least one genre of the genres. The at least one genre can be associated with a highest priority value of the determined priority values. The period associated with the time of use group can correspond to the identified current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Allie K. Watfa, Jonathan Kilroy, Dale Nussel, Anupam Seth
  • Patent number: 9905200
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content searching, generating, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across platforms, which can be used to improve the quality of data used in processing interactions between or among processors in such systems. The disclosed systems and methods provide systems and methods for automatically filtering a compressed media file for perceptual display of the media content in a modified, higher-resolution format. The disclosed systems and methods apply novel visual filtering techniques to a compressed media file that enable the display of the rendered media content to appear to be displayed as a modified, higher-resolution version of itself without actually modifying the compressed media file during rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Stein, Tony Ke, Vinay Pulim
  • Publication number: 20180052823
    Abstract: Systems and methods for domain classification in natural language processing based on domains are disclosed. The method includes generating a trigram corpus for the purpose of classification based on a trigram analysis of a domain model containing a hierarchical ontology and semantic construction that maps patterns of semantic tokens to syntactic patterns. An input string is parsed within each domain, tokenized in each domain. The resulting trigrams for the input text in each domain are looked up in the corresponding trigram corpus to determine the relevancy of each domain to the input text. The input string is thus classified based on the relevancy determination. The systems and methods avoids having to rely on existing annotated domain corpora for classification and allows for fast regeneration of the classifier when domain models are under frequent update and development.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Scally, Nicholas L. Cassimatis, Richard Caneba, Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu
  • Publication number: 20180054709
    Abstract: An estimation device disclosed herein includes a detection unit, an acquisition unit, and an estimation unit. The detection unit detects acceleration in a moving object. The acquisition unit acquires speed of the moving object. The estimation unit estimates a movement direction of the moving object based on a direction of the acceleration detected by the detection unit when the speed acquired by the acquisition unit changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munehiro AZAMI
  • Patent number: 9897449
    Abstract: A determination device includes a detection unit that detects acceleration. The determination device includes a setting unit that sets a reference direction based on the acceleration detected by the detection unit. The determination device includes an acquisition unit that acquires a characteristic amount based on acceleration in a direction with respect to the reference direction set by the setting unit. The determination device includes a determination unit that determines a traveling state of a terminal device by using the characteristic amount acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munehiro Azami
  • Patent number: 9894025
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for email management. The disclosed systems and methods enable a user to follow messages and message conversations based on, but not limited to, a context of the received messages, content included in the messages, the sender of the messages, intended recipients of the message, and the like. Therefore, the present disclosure describes systems and methods for enabling a recipient user to follow messages, topics or other users from the recipient user's inbox. Accordingly, followed topics or messages from followed users can be grouped into message conversations within the recipient user's inbox. Whenever there is an update in a followed conversation, the recipient user will be notified. By determining which messages a user desires to follow, the disclosed systems and methods can identify the interests of users by leveraging information from the followed messages for advertising purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Janarthanam Ramalingam, Sudharsan Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 9892449
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a terminal information acquiring unit, a store information acquiring unit, and a sending unit. The terminal information acquiring unit acquires information on purchase planned products which is sent from a wireless terminal existing in a store in which a wireless LAN communication apparatus is installed, from the wireless LAN communication apparatus. The store information acquiring unit acquires information on sales products corresponding to the information on the purchase planned products which is acquired by the terminal information acquiring unit, from a store information storage unit which stores pieces of information on the sales products in the store. The sending unit sends the information on the sales products which is acquired by the store information acquiring unit to the wireless terminal through the wireless LAN communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taichi Ishikawa, Takayuki Tsuchiya, Hiroaki Mise
  • Patent number: 9887991
    Abstract: As provided herein, a first device may be registered as authorized to authenticate a user login into a service from a second device (e.g., a smart phone may be used to log the user into a webmail service on a computer without the user having to enter a password through the computer). Responsive to the user attempting to access the service through the second device, a login interface may be displayed on the first device. The user may confirm or deny that the user wants to log into the service on the second device, thus allowing the user to seamlessly log into the service on the second device (e.g., without entering a password) while mitigating unauthorized logins into the service from unknown devices. Further, the user may use the first device to delegate the authority to authenticate the user login into the service to one or more other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stephen Allinson, Chris Stoner, Manoj Palki
  • Patent number: 9886704
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution management apparatus in an embodiment includes a distribution management unit. The distribution management unit selectively executes a first operating mode selecting a distribution source apparatus of advertising content for an advertisement request from among the advertisement distribution apparatuses on the basis of a given condition and a second operating mode defining a specific advertisement distribution apparatus as the distribution source apparatus from among the advertisement distribution apparatuses depending on a user making the advertisement request. The distribution management unit further divides the users into a plurality of groups, and performs an assignment process assigning a plurality of time periods shifted from one another within a given period of time to the respective groups as the time periods of the second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Tashiro, Shinichiro Sega, Naoki Ito
  • Patent number: 9881059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recommending headlines of an article are disclosed. A topic for the article may be chosen based on the article and an original headline. Trending words within the topic that are related to the article are identified and suggested for inclusion in a revised headline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Amin Mantrach, Alejandro Jaimes
  • Patent number: 9880702
    Abstract: In one example, a content navigation interface apparatus includes display logic for displaying selections for accessing a first entry of a content structure and a second entry of the content structure, wherein the second entry is a sub-entry of the first entry. The apparatus further including selection logic for determining the second entry for display based on a user characteristic (e.g., history, user profile, etc.). The first entry may be associated with a first level of a hierarchical content structure, and the second entry associated with a second level of the hierarchical content structure. In one example, the first entry is associated with a broad content category and the second entry associated with content, such as a media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Torsten Both, Christian Lindholm, Bernd Scheibe, Torsten Schulz
  • Publication number: 20180026786
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment an encryption device includes an acquisition unit that acquire information that is to be an encryption object. The encryption device includes an encryption unit that apply a plurality of functions to the acquired information in order of having a quasi-periodic structure to encrypt the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinkichi HORIE
  • Publication number: 20180025086
    Abstract: An electronic system may be configured to determine if a first-type device ID and a second-type device ID both identify a same device. To do so, the electronic system may preliminarily group a particular first-type ID with a particular second-type ID based on matching time slots and network addresses. Individual scores for each of the preliminary groups may be determined based on cardinalities associated with the time slots. Combined scores may then be determined for groups having the same first-type device ID and second-type device ID. A final analysis may be performed to confirm, with a sufficient level of confidence, whether first-type device IDs and second-type device IDs included in the preliminary groups identify the same device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Malkin, Jinhui Liu, Jerry Zhang, Csaba Kecskemeti, Wendell Baker
  • Patent number: 9875317
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing content on a webpage includes rendering a webpage having a plurality of page areas. Each of the plurality of page areas is associated with an entity having display content. Selection of one of the plurality of page areas is detected. The selection causes a landing page to be rendered in place of the webpage. A return to the webpage from the landing page is detected. In response to the return, the selected page area of the webpage is modified to include at least one additional entity having associated display content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudharsan Vasudevan, Supreeth Rao, Utkarsh Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 9875512
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a set of tags associated with a media item may be ascertained. One or more of a plurality of individuals may be identified based, at least in part, upon the set of tags associated with the media item and a plurality of sets of sharing preferences, each one of the plurality of sets of sharing preferences being associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of individuals and indicating tags for which media items are to be automatically shared with the corresponding one of the plurality of individuals. Information pertaining to the media item may be shared with the identified individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Pesavento, Andrew Stadlen
  • Publication number: 20180018391
    Abstract: A data classification device according to the present application includes a conversion unit, a classification unit, a first learning unit, and a second learning unit. The conversion unit converts input classification target data into a feature vector. The classification unit provides a label to the classification target data on the basis of the feature vector output by the conversion unit. The first learning unit learns conversion processing of the conversion unit, using accumulated data of the input classification target data, as first learning data. The second learning unit learns classification processing of the classification unit, using second learning data in which a label has been provided to data of a same type as the classification target data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuhiro KAJI
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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