Patents by Inventor Cameron Marlow

Cameron Marlow has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10165066
    Abstract: There are provided means for implementing an interface to populate and update an entity graph through socially relevant user challenges including, for example, means of a social network system to perform operations including monitoring a user's interactions with the social network system; initiating a contextually relevant challenge for the user of the social network system based on the user's interactions monitored; identifying a plurality of concepts within an entity graph of the social network system contextually relevant to the user of the social network system; selecting one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph upon which to base the contextually relevant challenge for the user; constructing an inquiry for the contextually relevant challenge based on missing data of the concept selected or based on data to be updated within the concept selected; presenting the contextually relevant challenge having the inquiry therein to the user; and receiving a challenge response from the user responsiv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Nandagopal, Cameron Marlow, Clayton Andrews, Mitu Singh
  • Publication number: 20170161816
    Abstract: A social environment is provided by creating an object in response to recognition of an entity in a portion of web content, wherein the object represents the entity, the object is associated with a type selected from a set of types, and the type is associated with a schema selected from a set of schemas, where the social environment includes a set of objects including the object, wherein the objects are instances of corresponding types in a rich system of predefined types, the schemas are associated with the types, metadata is associated with the objects, and there is at least one relationship between at least two objects selected from the set of objects, where the set of objects and the metadata are extensible, such that extensions provided by a first user are available for use by a second user. In one example, metadata provided by a first user is only available to a second user having a relationship with the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew S. TOMKINS, Cameron A. MARLOW, Raghu RAMAKRISHNAN, Shanmugasundaram RAVIKUMAR
  • Publication number: 20150363475
    Abstract: There are provided means for implementing an interface to view and explore socially relevant concepts of an entity graph including, for example, means of a social network system to perform operations including retrieving contextually relevant data for a plurality of concepts within an entity graph of the social network system; retrieving socially relevant data for a user's node within a social graph of the social network system; identifying intersects between the plurality of concepts within the entity graph and the social relevant data for the user's node within the social graph; selecting one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph based on the intersects identified; and displaying the one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph at a user interface associated with the user's node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dunn, Cameron Marlow, Venkataramanan Nandagopal, Philip Bohannon
  • Patent number: 9183282
    Abstract: A method and system for inferring user attributes in a social networking system. The method includes maintaining a social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges between the nodes. An unknown, incomplete, or inaccurate user attribute for a user is identified, and a plurality of probability lists are generated using a corresponding plurality of probability algorithms that utilize known user attributes and the social graph. The probability lists include a set of probability entries, each including a prediction value for the unknown, incomplete, or inaccurate user attribute and a confidence score. Using the probability lists and a plurality of weights corresponding to the probability algorithms, an inferred user attribute value is generated and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Mitu Singh, Philip Bohannon, Jonathan Chang, Ismail Onur Filiz, Tudor Andrei Alexandrescu, Cameron Marlow
  • Patent number: 9146986
    Abstract: There are provided means for implementing an interface to view and explore socially relevant concepts of an entity graph including, for example, means of a social network system to perform operations including retrieving contextually relevant data for a plurality of concepts within an entity graph of the social network system; retrieving socially relevant data for a user's node within a social graph of the social network system; identifying intersects between the plurality of concepts within the entity graph and the social relevant data for the user's node within the social graph; selecting one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph based on the intersects identified; and displaying the one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph at a user interface associated with the user's node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dunn, Cameron Marlow, Venkataramanan Nandagopal, Philip Bohannon
  • Patent number: 9083794
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards sending a status of a user in a social network to a recipient. In one embodiment, a status of the user is received over a channel. The channel may include an application protocol. The recipient is selected based on a membership in the social network, a preference of the recipient, or a media format of the status. Another channel is selected based on information about a mode of communication between the recipient and the user and/or another member related to the user in the social network. The status may be modified based on social network information, preferences of a recipient, receiving device information, channel information, or the like. The status is forwarded to the recipient over the other channel. Forwarding may comprise unicasting, multicasting, and/or delaying sending the status until the other channel is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Neal Sample, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 9053186
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for detecting and explaining bursty stream events in targeted groups. In one example, the method includes receiving validated bursty events, finding explanatory data sources having relevant bursty events that are relevant to the validated bursty events, wherein the explanatory sources explain the presence of the validated bursty events, correlating the validated bursty events to the relevant bursty events of the explanatory data sources to obtain burst results, and sending the burst results to a burst database that is accessible to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tomkins, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, Cameron Marlow, Jasmine Novak
  • Patent number: 8954500
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for detecting social relationships across multiple networks and/or communication channels. These social relationships may then be utilized in a wide variety of ways to support and enhance a broad range of user services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Marc Davis, Neal Sample, Michael Curtis, Ryan Kennedy, Yathin Krishnappa, Luke Wroblewski, Marco Boerries, Joe Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20140279722
    Abstract: A method and system for inferring user attributes in a social networking system. The method includes maintaining a social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges between the nodes. An unknown, incomplete, or inaccurate user attribute for a user is identified, and a plurality of probability lists are generated using a corresponding plurality of probability algorithms that utilize known user attributes and the social graph. The probability lists include a set of probability entries, each including a prediction we value for the unknown, incomplete, or inaccurate user attribute and a confidence score. Using the probability lists and a plurality of weights corresponding to the probability algorithms, an inferred user attribute value is generated and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mitu Singh, Philip Bohannon, Jonathan Chang, Ismail Onur Filiz, Tudor Andrei Alexandrescu, Cameron Marlow
  • Publication number: 20140280936
    Abstract: There are provided means for implementing an interface to populate and update an entity graph through socially relevant user challenges including, for example, means of a social network system to perform operations including monitoring a user's interactions with the social network system; initiating a contextually relevant challenge for the user of the social network system based on the user's interactions monitored; identifying a plurality of concepts within an entity graph of the social network system contextually relevant to the user of the social network system; selecting one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph upon which to base the contextually relevant challenge for the user; constructing an inquiry for the contextually relevant challenge based on missing data of the concept selected or based on data to be updated within the concept selected; presenting the contextually relevant challenge having the inquiry therein to the user; and receiving a challenge response from the user responsiv
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Nandagopal, Cameron Marlow, Clayton Andrews, Mitu Singh
  • Publication number: 20140280108
    Abstract: There are provided means for implementing an interface to view and explore socially relevant concepts of an entity graph including, for example, means of a social network system to perform operations including retrieving contextually relevant data for a plurality of concepts within an entity graph of the social network system; retrieving socially relevant data for a user's node within a social graph of the social network system; identifying intersects between the plurality of concepts within the entity graph and the social relevant data for the user's node within the social graph; selecting one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph based on the intersects identified; and displaying the one of the plurality of concepts within the entity graph at a user interface associated with the user's node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dunn, Cameron Marlow, Venkataramanan Nandagopal, Philip Bohannon
  • Patent number: 8832270
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention automatically detects when a user is in a state of vacillation based on user on-line behavior, records relevant parameters regarding the vacillation event, and then responds accordingly. This response may include providing relevant and/or targeted information that can be used by the user to help remove the indecision. The response may also or alternatively include providing third-party businesses, such as retailers, marketers, and advertisers, with information about vacillation events and associated behaviors for a single user or groups of users so that such businesses can identify potential markets/customers or directly engage similar users to facilitate the decision-making process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Sihem Amer-Yahia, Ronald J. Brachman, Frederick K. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140164344
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for detecting and explaining bursty stream events in targeted groups. In one example, the method includes receiving validated bursty events, finding explanatory data sources having relevant bursty events that are relevant to the validated bursty events, wherein the explanatory sources explain the presence of the validated bursty events, correlating the validated bursty events to the relevant bursty events of the explanatory data sources to obtain burst results, and sending the burst results to a burst database that is accessible to an end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tomkins, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, Cameron Marlow, Jasmine Novak
  • Patent number: 8612409
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for detecting and explaining bursty stream events in targeted groups. In one example, the method includes receiving validated bursty events, finding explanatory data sources having relevant bursty events that are relevant to the validated bursty events, wherein the explanatory sources explain the presence of the validated bursty events, correlating the validated bursty events to the relevant bursty events of the explanatory data sources to obtain burst results, and sending the burst results to a burst database that is accessible to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tomkins, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, Cameron Marlow, Jasmine Novak
  • Publication number: 20130332285
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention automatically detects when a user is in a state of vacillation based on user on-line behavior, records relevant parameters regarding the vacillation event, and then responds accordingly. This response may include providing relevant and/or targeted information that can be used by the user to help remove the indecision. The response may also or alternatively include providing third-party businesses, such as retailers, marketers, and advertisers, with information about vacillation events and associated behaviors for a single user or groups of users so that such businesses can identify potential markets/customers or directly engage similar users to facilitate the decision-making process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Sihem Amer-Yahia, Ronald J. Brachman, Frederick K. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8600965
    Abstract: A system and method for observing the communication behavior of a user, and analyzing data regarding the user's contacts and community. An electronic message (for example, from the user to a group of contacts) is intercepted and copied; the message content and message data are stored in a database. A contact value is determined (for example, a score is computed) for each contact in the community of the user. Each contact in the community is optionally assigned a ranking. Relationship data (data regarding the user's relationships with the contact and community) is extracted from the message content and message data. Statistics are compiled relating to the user, the contact, and/or the community. A list of contacts is compiled and monitored over time, thereby providing information regarding patterns of the user's behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Cameron Marlow
  • Patent number: 8527623
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention automatically detects when a user is in a state of vacillation based on user on-line behavior, records relevant parameters regarding the vacillation event, and then responds accordingly. This response may include providing relevant and/or targeted information that can be used by the user to help remove the indecision. The response may also or alternatively include providing third-party businesses, such as retailers, marketers, and advertisers, with information about vacillation events and associated behaviors for a single user or groups of users so that such businesses can identify potential markets/customers or directly engage similar users to facilitate the decision-making process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Sihem Amer-Yahia, Ronald J. Brachman, Frederick K. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120284338
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards sending a status of a user in a social network to a recipient. In one embodiment, a status of the user is received over a channel. The channel may include an application protocol. The recipient is selected based on a membership in the social network, a preference of the recipient, or a media format of the status. Another channel is selected based on information about a mode of communication between the recipient and the user and/or another member related to the user in the social network. The status may be modified based on social network information, preferences of a recipient, receiving device information, channel information, or the like. The status is forwarded to the recipient over the other channel. Forwarding may comprise unicasting, multicasting, and/or delaying sending the status until the other channel is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Neal Sample, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 8224359
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards sending a status of a user in a social network to a recipient. In one embodiment, a status of the user is received over a channel. The channel may include an application protocol. The recipient is selected based on a membership in the social network, a preference of the recipient, or a media format of the status. Another channel is selected based on information about a mode of communication between the recipient and the user and/or another member related to the user in the social network. The status may be modified based on social network information, preferences of a recipient, receiving device information, channel information, or the like. The status is forwarded to the recipient over the other channel. Forwarding may comprise unicasting, multicasting, and/or delaying sending the status until the other channel is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Neal Sample, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 8219126
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards sending a status of a user in a social network to a recipient. A status of the user is received over a channel. The recipient is selected based on a membership in the social network, a preference of the recipient, or a type of the status. Another channel is selected based on information about a mode of communication between the recipient and the user and/or another member related to the user in the social network. The status may be modified from one type to another type based on the recipient. The status is forwarded to the recipient over the other channel. Forwarding may comprise unicasting, multicasting, and/or delaying sending the status until the other channel is available. A channel may include an application protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Marlow, Neal Sample, Chris Kalaboukis