Patents by Inventor Dan Wascovich

Dan Wascovich 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: 9495712
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards enabling a user to disambiguate an identity of a member included in a user's social network (USN), and towards enabling an operation to be performed based on information about the member. The USN is determined. The NID of the member is received. If the NID is non-unique within the USN, member distinctions are determined for members in the USN who are associated with the same NID. The member distinctions are sent to the user. The user makes a selection of one of the members associated with one of the member distinctions. Based on the selection, information about the selected member is received. The operation is enabled to be performed based on the information about the selected member. The operation may include addressing the selected member, enabling a communication between the user and the selected member, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, IV, F. Randall Farmer, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Patent number: 8843560
    Abstract: A mobile device, system, and method are directed towards enabling an integrated display of live views. The integrated live views are generated by employing social networking information, including moods of a person, avatars, status of a member's activities including whether they are in an IM session, or the like. Integrated live views may include a live contact list, a group view, a friend view, an activity oriented view, a list of content, or the like, based on the mobile user's social networking information. By providing the mobile user with integrated live views of their social network, the mobile user may be able communicate with other members within the mobile social networking context, to obtain, and respond to invites from a social network member, provide opportunities for activities to other members, to grow their social network, and to consume content that is displayed relative to their social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Joe Hayashi, E. Stanley Ott, IV, Audrey Y. Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc, Russell Beattie
  • Patent number: 8200763
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards providing a recipient list for a message to be communicated within a group associated with an event. A recipient list for the message is defined based on identities of a plurality of members in the group. Ordering information for the recipient list is determined based on at least one characteristic of the event. Additional ordering information may also be determined based on other characteristics of other events. The recipient list is ordered based on the determined ordering information(s). The ordered recipient list is truncated if a length of the recipient list exceeds a first threshold. A selectable option to retrieve the (truncated) recipient list is provided with the message, if a length of the message plus a length if of the (truncated) recipient list exceeds a second threshold. Otherwise, the (truncated) recipient list is provided with the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, IV, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Publication number: 20110302263
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards enabling a user to disambiguate an identity of a member included in a user's social network (USN), and towards enabling an operation to be performed based on information about the member. The USN is determined. The NID of the member is received. If the NID is non-unique within the USN, member distinctions are determined for members in the USN who are associated with the same NID. The member distinctions are sent to the user. The user makes a selection of one of the members associated with one of the member distinctions. Based on the selection, information about the selected member is received. The operation is enabled to be performed based on the information about the selected member. The operation may include addressing the selected member, enabling a communication between the user and the selected member, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, IV, F. Randall Farmer, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Patent number: 8046411
    Abstract: A mobile device, system, and method are directed towards sharing multimedia information on a mobile device based at least in part on vitality information and other social networking information. Multimedia information may be received and/or synchronized on the mobile device based on a relationship between vitality information of members of a social network. The relationship may comprise a common membership in a group, a common multimedia usage behavior, a geographical proximity of members of the social network, a degree of separation of members of the social network, a common search behavior, or the like. Multimedia information captured on the mobile device may be manually and/or automatically annotated and shared with members of the social network. The multimedia information may be displayed in an integrated live view in conjunction with other social networking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Joe Hayashi, E. Stanley Ott, IV, Audrey Y. Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc
  • Patent number: 8006190
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards enabling a user to disambiguate an identity of a member included in a user's social network (USN), and towards enabling an operation to be performed based on information about the member. The USN is determined. The namespace identifier (NID) of the member is received. If the NID is non-unique within the USN, member distinctions are determined for members in the USN who are associated with the same NID. The member distinctions are sent to the user. The user makes a selection of one of the members associated with one of the member distinctions. Based on the selection, information about the selected member is received. The operation is enabled to be performed based on the information about the selected member. The operation may include addressing the selected member, enabling a communication between the user and the selected member, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, IV, F. Randall Farmer, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Patent number: 7636779
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are directed to managing contextual based mobile searches. A context oriented user interface interprets inputs from a mobile user based on vitality information. In one embodiment, the input may be interpreted as a request to perform a context-based search over a network using at least some of the vitality information. Vitality information may include a location of the mobile device, a time of day, an event, information from the mobile user's calendar, past behavior of the mobile user, weather, social networking data, aggregate behaviors, or even information about proximity of a social contact. By employing vitality information to perform a mobile search, better search results and a richer user experience may be provided that includes a sense of community, a sense of presence (e.g., a sense of “here-ness.”). In one embodiment, the mobile user may provide comments to others regarding the search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Joe Hayashi, E. Stanley Ott, IV, Audrey Y. Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc
  • Publication number: 20080256170
    Abstract: A mobile device, system, and method are directed towards enabling an integrated display of live views. The integrated live views are generated by employing social networking information, including moods of a person, avatars, status of a member's activities including whether they are in an IM session, or the like. Integrated live views may include a live contact list, a group view, a friend view, an activity oriented view, a list of content, or the like, based on the mobile user's social networking information. By providing the mobile user with integrated live views of their social network, the mobile user may be able communicate with other members within the mobile social networking context, to obtain, and respond to invites from a social network member, provide opportunities for activities to other members, to grow their social network, and to consume content that is displayed relative to their social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Joe Hayashi, E. Stanley Ott, Audrey Y. Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc, Russell Beattie
  • Publication number: 20080208973
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are directed to managing contextual based mobile searches. A context oriented user interface interprets inputs from a mobile user based on vitality information. In one embodiment, the input may be interpreted as a request to perform a context-based search over a network using at least some of the vitality information. Vitality information may include a location of the mobile device, a time of day, an event, information from the mobile user's calendar, past behavior of the mobile user, weather, social networking data, aggregate behaviors, or even information about proximity of a social contact. By employing vitality information to perform a mobile search, better search results and a richer user experience may be provided that includes a sense of community, a sense of presence (e.g., a sense of “here-ness.”). In one embodiment, the mobile user may provide comments to others regarding the search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Nathanael Joe Hayashi, E. Stanley Ott, Audrey Y. Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc
  • Publication number: 20080189399
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards enabling a user to disambiguate an identity of a member included in a user's social network (USN), and towards enabling an operation to be performed based on information about the member. The USN is determined. The NID of the member is received. If the NID is non-unique within the USN, member distinctions are determined for members in the USN who are associated with the same NID. The member distinctions are sent to the user. The user makes a selection of one of the members associated with one of the member distinctions. Based on the selection, information about the selected member is received. The operation is enabled to be performed based on the information about the selected member. The operation may include addressing the selected member, enabling a communication between the user and the selected member, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, F. Randall Farmer, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Publication number: 20080120410
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards providing a recipient list for a message to be communicated within a group associated with an event. A recipient list for the message is defined based on identities of a plurality of members in the group. Ordering information for the recipient list is determined based on at least one characteristic of the event. Additional ordering information may also be determined based on other characteristics of other events. The recipient list is ordered based on the determined ordering information(s). The ordered recipient list is truncated if a length of the recipient list exceeds a first threshold. A selectable option to retrieve the (truncated) recipient list is provided with the message, if a length of the message plus a length if the (truncated) recipient list exceeds a second threshold. Otherwise, the (truncated) recipient list is provided with the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Quoc, Dan Wascovich, Matthew Fukuda, E. Stanley Ott, Edward Ho, Jonathan James Trevor
  • Publication number: 20070255831
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are directed to managing contextual based mobile searches. A context oriented user interface interprets inputs from a mobile user based on vitality information. In one embodiment, the input may be interpreted as a request to perform a context-based search over a network using at least some of the vitality information. Vitality information may include a location of the mobile device, a time of day, an event, information from the mobile user's calendar, past behavior of the mobile user, weather, social networking data, aggregate behaviors, or even information about proximity of a social contact. By employing vitality information to perform a mobile search, better search results and a richer user experience may be provided that includes a sense of community, a sense of presence (e.g., a sense of “here-ness.”). In one embodiment, the mobile user may provide comments to others regarding the search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Hayashi, E. Ott, Audrey Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc
  • Publication number: 20070255807
    Abstract: A mobile device, system, and method are directed towards enabling an integrated display of live views. The integrated live views are generated by employing social networking information, including moods of a person, avatars, status of a member's activities including whether they are in an IM session, or the like. Integrated live views may include a live contact list, a group view, a friend view, an activity oriented view, a list of content, or the like, based on the mobile user's social networking information. By providing the mobile user with integrated live views of their social network, the mobile user may be able communicate with other members within the mobile social networking context, to obtain, and respond to invites from a social network member, provide opportunities for activities to other members, to grow their social network, and to consume content that is displayed relative to their social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Hayashi, E. Ott, Audrey Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc, Russell Beattie
  • Publication number: 20070255785
    Abstract: A mobile device, system, and method are directed towards sharing multimedia information on a mobile device based at least in part on vitality information and other social networking information. Multimedia information may be received and/or synchronized on the mobile device based on a relationship between vitality information of members of a social network. The relationship may comprise a common membership in a group, a common multimedia usage behavior, a geographical proximity of members of the social network, a degree of separation of members of the social network, a common search behavior, or the like. Multimedia information captured on the mobile device may be manually and/or automatically annotated and shared with members of the social network. The multimedia information may be displayed in an integrated live view in conjunction with other social networking information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael Hayashi, E. Ott, Audrey Tsang, Matthew Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Michael Quoc
  • Publication number: 20070088832
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for centrally managing subscriptions to feeds accessible at different locations on a network. A subscription server is provided that a user can log in to from any of the user's rendering devices and use to manage subscriptions to feeds, including subscribing to feeds, listening to episodes of feeds, downloading episodes to a rendering device, and rating and reviewing episodes. The user's history of actions with respect to feeds is tracked and stored on the subscription server. The user can then access this history via user interfaces generated by the subscription server to determine what actions the user has performed in the past.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Audrey Tsang, Matt Fukuda, Dan Wascovich, Edward Ott, Nathanael Hayashi