Fee For Advertisement Patents (Class 705/14.69)
  • Patent number: 10108969
    Abstract: A method and system for providing personalized and integrated online services for communications and commercial transactions both in private and public venues. The invention provides personalized information that is conveniently accessible through a network of public access stations (or terminals) which are enabled by a personal system access card (e.g., smart card). The invention also provides advertisers the opportunity to directly engage actual and potential user-consumers with selected advertising or marketing content based on each user's profile and usage history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Streetspace, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom J. Mathai, Kenneth Margon
  • Patent number: 10108980
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller operable to determine a behavioral pattern of at least one of a subscriber leader and a plurality of subscriber followers who track activities of the subscriber leader. The controller can be further operable to detect a first request to transmit first media content from a first device of a first plurality of devices of the subscriber leader to a second plurality of devices of the plurality of subscriber followers, identify in the first media content a first substitutable advertisement product, substitute the first substitutable product in the first media content with a first advertisement product selected according to the determined behavioral pattern to generate updated first media content, and transmit the updated first media content to the second plurality of devices of the plurality of subscriber followers. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nadia Morris, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Patent number: 10096048
    Abstract: A digital proof of delivery for digital goods items purchased online includes methods and systems for authenticating online purchases for helping to prevent and mitigate fraud. A unique download identification (ID) is created and associated with the digital goods download and purchase. Additionally, third parties may readily be allowed to view the download status of a digital goods item by providing the unique download identification (ID) of the item, which may be useful for aiding third party fraud investigations. In response to an item of digital goods purchased by a customer for download from a merchant having reached a specific stage of downloading, but the download is not complete, download is suspended and a dialog box is sent over a network for presentation to a customer, and, in response to a confirmation received via the dialog box, the download is completed with a download ID that is unique to the completed download.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Rajasekhara Reddy Guwala
  • Patent number: 10078847
    Abstract: A distribution device includes a distribution unit which distributes a control program for controlling content to be displayed on a user terminal, to the user terminal. The control program is a display program to be executed in the user terminal, and controls the user terminal to execute a sound playback procedure for playing back a sound when content is included in an area specified by the display program for displaying the content, a viewable area acquisition procedure for acquiring the area specified by the display program in the content as a viewable area, a display area determination procedure for determining whether a display area where a video is displayed corresponding to the content is positioned in the viewable area, and a video playback procedure for stopping playback of the sound and starting playback of the video, when determined that the display area is positioned in the viewable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ai Matsubara, Eiji Sumitomo, Kazutaka Kimura, Kanta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10055739
    Abstract: A system and method for pricing and exchanging content is provided, which includes a data plane formed by a peer-to-peer content sharing network or a central server allowing for client-server content transfers, and a control plane formed by a central server in communication with the data plane via the Internet. The data plane allows for the storage of digital content provided by users and the transfer of content therebetween, and the control plane provides a virtual market in which such content is sold between users using virtual currency that can be exchanged for real currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Trustees of Princeton University
    Inventors: Mung Chiang, Hazer Inaltekin, H. Vincent Poor
  • Patent number: 10015548
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for recommending a segment of a segmented video asset of particular interest to a client. A copy of a video asset is created such that the copy is in the form of a set of segments for being transmitted to a client device for playback. A relationship is established between start and end times of each segment relative to a standard version of segments of the video asset, and metadata is generated for each segment of the copy. The metadata and relationship is used relative to the standard version with viewing data collected across a population of viewers having viewed the video asset to produce viewing metrics for each segment of the set of segments of the copy. The viewing metrics are provided to a recommender which uses the viewing metrics to generate a recommendation of a segment of the copy to a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Bhavan Gandhi, Andrew Aftelak
  • Patent number: 9996575
    Abstract: A messaging system automatically populates a stream of messages using only a seed selected by the requesting account holder. In one embodiment, the seed includes the streams of one or more of the “top” accounts of the messaging system. Here, “top” is according to any one of a number of different metrics stored in the messaging system. With knowledge of the seed, the messaging system automatically populates a stream for the requesting account holder, without requiring any other input. As a result, an account holder is provided with a fully functioning stream with very little effort or knowledge required on their part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ben Fleischman, Matthew Miller, Richard Douglas Whitcomb, Jr., Mark Watabe, Anthony Sciola
  • Patent number: 9955137
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for displaying a three dimensional (3D) image in a mobile communication terminal. The method includes displaying an image comprising at least one object; sensing a touch gesture selecting an object for changing a three dimensional depth of the object among the at least one object with the image displayed; checking the three dimensional depth of the selected object; determining the three dimensional depth of the selected object based on the checked three dimensional depth; and displaying the selected object reflecting the determined three dimensional depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Junghyun Shim, Hyuncheol Park, Sujin Yeon, Yeonhee Lee, Yongyeon Lee, Hyewon Lee
  • Patent number: 9955122
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for replacing default advertisement streams in a media stream with replacement advertisement streams. User profile information is obtained for a particular user and/or device. A default advertisement stream is identified and replaced with advertisement streams selected using the user profile information. Timestamp information and sequence number information is maintained to allow uninterrupted delivery of the modified media stream while customizing media streams for particular users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Karlsson, Gabriel Netterdag, Martin Linderoth, Ola Hällmarker
  • Patent number: 9911134
    Abstract: A method of communicating messages between a sender and a recipient using a communications protocol over a data network, which includes: (a) receiving communication preferences specified by the recipient that includes constraints required to be met for delivery of a message, (ii) publishing the profile with visible preferences from the communication preferences of the recipient when the sender selects the recipient to send the message, (iii) processing a request received from the sender to send the message to the recipient, (iv) generating a customized message form based on the communication preferences of the recipient to enable the sender to compose the message, (v) providing an indication to the sender if any of the constraints are not met, and (vi) delivering the message to the recipient when the constraints specified by the recipient and any constraints applied by a messaging system are met by the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Zipstorm, Inc.
    Inventors: Anoop Gupta, Aravind Bala
  • Patent number: 9870578
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing advertisements for initial off-screen insertion over publisher resources. In one aspect, a method includes receiving, from a user device, a request for a content item for presentation with a publisher resource; and providing, to the user device, a content item with instructions that cause the content item to be inserted into the publisher resource at a location at which at least a portion of the content item is not presented by the user device upon initial presentation of the publisher resource, the instructions further causing the content item to be inserted as an overlay relative to content of the publisher resource and to scroll at a different rate than the content of the publisher resource in response to user interaction with a resource scroll control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Nathan P. Lucash
  • Patent number: 9817831
    Abstract: A method to monetize multimedia queries is provided. The method includes receiving a multimedia query from a client device. In response, to the multimedia query a collection of thumbnails representing multimedia files is created. Position information for advertisement information is generated based on multimedia content included in the multimedia files. The position information specifies where the advertisement information should be displayed. Accordingly, advertisement information associated with advertisers that pay above a specified threshold is displayed with thumbnails of the multimedia content or with the actual multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh J. Williams, Julia H. Farago, Nicholas A. Whyte
  • Patent number: 9817556
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to share comments regarding a content item presented among via different Internet services. For example, a method for sharing comments among Internet services may include presenting a first content item to a plurality of users over the Internet via a first Internet service; receiving at the first Internet service a first comment that is related to the first content item and is received from a user through the Internet; presenting the first comment in conjunction with the first content item via the first Internet service; sending the first comment from the first Internet service to a second Internet service; receiving at the first Internet service a second comment from the second Internet service, wherein the second comment is different than the first comment; and presenting the second comment in conjunction with the first content item via the first Internet service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ROOVY, INC.
    Inventor: Touradj Barman
  • Patent number: 9772808
    Abstract: The direct marketing system and method is disclosed that receives information from two parties, referred to as the sending party and the receiving party, and delivers a message or advertisement between the two. The message is then immediately printed on the receiving party's printer, and a small fee is paid by the sending party. A portion of this fee is sent to the receiving party as reimbursement for paper costs, ink costs, and printer maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Eric Nashbar
  • Patent number: 9767489
    Abstract: When a content item is initially served to a client device, the content item may result in an impression effect. As time elapses, the initial impression may fade. Such a decay of the impression effect may be predicted through the use of a predictive model. In some implementations, one or more impression effect parameters may be accessed and used with the predictive model to determine a decay factor or predicted value that incorporates the impression effect decay for a content item. A value, such as a score, may be determined based on the decay factor or the predicted value and a bid associated with a content item. A content item may be selected based on the determined value and data to effect presentation of the content item may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yifang Liu, Konstantinos Katsiapis, Christopher Kenneth Harris
  • Patent number: 9697544
    Abstract: A system and method for generating information relating to a vehicle's history. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of identifying records in a database, identifying a target record, identifying a trigger record, determining if the target record indicates an ownership transfer based on the identified trigger record, and generating a price adjustment for the vehicle at least partially based on the ownership transfer. In accordance with another aspect, a vehicle history information system is provided including a database having vehicle history records, a vehicle history report module adapted to retrieve vehicle history records, an ownership module adapted to identify a target record, identify a trigger record, and determine whether the target record indicates an ownership transfer based on the identified trigger record, and a pricing module adapted to generate a price adjustment for the vehicle at least partially based on the ownership transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Carfax, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Bayer, Richard T. Raines
  • Patent number: 9690910
    Abstract: Shareable links can be created to share content items and information pertaining to activity on those shareable links can be monitored and stored in an online content management service. Based on this activity information, actions can be executed. These actions can include sending notifications regarding link activity, disabling shareable links, and/or updating activity thresholds related to the shareable links. Using the activity information, popular shared content items can be identified and recommendations for sharing unshared content items can be provided to the user. Additionally, advertisements can be tailored to the relative popularity of the shared content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Fushman, Nils Peter Welinder
  • Patent number: 9674419
    Abstract: In one example, an augmented reality aura having a selectable weblink is presented on web-linked camera device (WLCD). The WLCD is uniquely associated with a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A Sexton
  • Patent number: 9639902
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for targeting customers through social networks. Social media data of interest associated with a plurality of social media objects are extracted from at least one social networking platform. The social media data of interest are stored. The social media data are classified according to pre-defined categories. Based on the classifying, a subset of the plurality of social media objects relevant to a campaign targeting customers is identified. At least one social media object of the subset of social media objects is presented to a user in a form adapted to facilitate user action on the at least one social media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: IN THE CHAT COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: John Thomas Huehn, Omar Zia Khan
  • Patent number: 9626693
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards selective disclosure of user or computing environment attributes to facilitate generation and/or provision of targeted content. In various embodiments, a likelihood that disclosure of an attribute of a user or of a computing environment associated with the user will enable identification of the user may be determined based on an associated population count of users or computing environments sharing the same attribute. In various embodiments, the attribute may be selectively disclosed to a content provider configured to provide targeted content, or a recommendation may be selectively provided to the user as to whether the user should disclose the attribute to the content provider, based on the determination and a risk tolerance associated with the user. In various embodiments, a dimension authority may track and make available population counts of users or computing environments having various attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Thomas Gerard Willis
  • Patent number: 9626692
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an indication of a reward-generating event associated with an advertisement. The reward-generating event includes an action by a user in response to the advertisement being presented to the user. The method also includes determining based at least in part on the action by the user a reward to allocate to the user for the reward-generating event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chamath Palihapitiya, Mary Graham
  • Patent number: 9602566
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing selectable content creator controls in conjunction with sponsored media content items. In one implementation, a processing device receives a media content item of a content creator. The processing device provides the media content item to a content viewer based on a selection of the media content item by a content sponsor. The processing device provides, to the content viewer and in relation to the media content item, a first control, the first control being associated with the content sponsor. The processing device provides, to the content viewer and in relation to the media content item, a second control, the second control being associated with the content creator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Ruxandra Georgiana Paun
  • Patent number: 9600481
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to recording and providing media files based on a location. Such systems and methods maybe transacted by a client application or a processor in communication with one or more electronic devices. In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention, methods may include receiving from a first device: a media file; data comprising information identifying a location associated with the media file; storing the media file and data in a database; receiving from a second device information identifying a location of the second device; determining a geographic radius of the second device based upon user selection; determining if one or more media files stored in the database are associated with a location in the geographic radius of the second device; and sending the one or more media files to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MOTORMOUTH, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Jacoby
  • Patent number: 9600482
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to recording and providing media files based on a location. Such systems and methods maybe transacted by a client application or a processor in communication with one or more electronic devices. In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention, methods may include receiving from a first device: a media file; data comprising information identifying a location associated with the media file; storing the media file and data in a database; receiving from a second device information identifying a location of the second device; determining a geographic radius of the second device based upon user selection; determining if one or more media files stored in the database are associated with a location in the geographic radius of the second device; and sending the one or more media files to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MOTORMOUTH, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Jacoby
  • Patent number: 9544263
    Abstract: A computer system may send and/or receive text messages. The text messages may contain an indication of a networked post. The computer system may display one or more interface elements for transmitting an indication of response to a networked post in a text message. Computer representations of an indication of response may be displayed with a networked post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Bryant Christopher Lee
  • Patent number: 9531782
    Abstract: System and method to respond to a streaming media link quality problem in a communication session, the method including: monitoring textual messages in the communication session for an indication of a quality of service (QoS) problem; forming a hypothesized cause of the QoS problem; retrieving evidence relevant to the hypothesized cause, the relevant evidence comprising system logs; and determining whether the retrieved evidence supports the hypothesized cause. The system includes: a processor coupled to a memory; a monitoring module configured to monitor textual messages in the communication session for an indication of a quality of service (QoS) problem; an inference module configured to form a hypothesized cause of the QoS problem; a retrieval module configured to retrieve evidence relevant to the hypothesized cause, the relevant evidence comprising system logs stored in the memory; and a calculation module configured to determine whether the retrieved evidence supports the hypothesized cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Shmuel Shaffer, Seamus Hayes, Sheldon Davis
  • Patent number: 9478074
    Abstract: A fleet manager may communicate desired driving behavior, including maximum speed, desired route, areas to avoid, and other information to operators of vehicles in the fleet. The communication may be via an application on a mobile device, vehicle computer, or other device associated with each driver or vehicle. In operation, an administrator, such as, for example, a fleet manager, may communicate instructions to one or more vehicles, for example a vehicle of a fleet of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SPEEDGAUGE, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Hubbard, Christopher A. Kantarjiev
  • Patent number: 9390437
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to a method for monitoring advertisement displays, a system for monitoring advertisement displays, and a computer program product for monitoring advertisement displays. A method for monitoring advertisement displays is provided. The method includes acquiring advertisement request information in an advertisement request of a page to be monitored. encoding and generating an advertising space view for loading in the to-be-monitored page based on the advertisement request information, acquiring a page view of the to-be-monitored page, dissecting the page view to acquire advertising space display information, and analyzing the advertising space display information to determine whether an advertisement display of the to-be-monitored page is consistent with the advertisement request information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Hengyu Chang
  • Patent number: 9378590
    Abstract: An augmented reality submission includes a hologram to virtually augment a world space object and a compensation offer for presenting the hologram to a viewer of the world space object. The augmented reality submission is selected as a winning submission if the submission satisfies a selection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kyungsuk David Lee, Alexandru Balan, Mark J. Finocchio
  • Patent number: 9313533
    Abstract: Estimating ad inventory in an online video streaming system accurately handles interdependencies among targeted attributes. The estimating includes determining a probability distribution of samples taken from electronic data records of ad impressions in an interactive online video streaming service, among a population comprising each different combination of targeted attributes recorded for each of the samples. In addition, the estimating may include populating an electronic data structure with data relating the each different combination of the targeted attributes to corresponding forecasted number of available impressions in a defined time period, based on the probability distribution and a forecasted total number of available impressions in the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Tony T. Zhang, Wing Chit Mak
  • Patent number: 9234704
    Abstract: A heat exchanger 10 includes a conduit 12 for conveying cooling fluid relative to a body to be cooled. A heat transfer arrangement 62 is arranged in communication with an interior of the conduit 12, the heat transfer arrangement 62 and the conduit 12 together defining an assembly that is mountable adjacent the body to be cooled, convective heat exchange occurring, in use, due to movement of the cooling fluid relative to the body and to the heat transfer arrangement 62 of the assembly and radiant heat exchange occurring between the body and at least part of the heat transfer arrangement 62 of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: AUCKLAND UNISERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark P. Taylor, John JJ Chen, Mohamed Farid, Robert John Wallace
  • Patent number: 9213713
    Abstract: A source server receives listing identification data for transmission of an enhanced listing comprising enhanced content to a provider server. The source server searches the provider server for a matching listing based on the received listing identification data. When the source server determines that there is no matching listing on the provider server or that a potential matching received from the provider server is a non-matching listing, the source server transmits the enhanced listing without an identifier as an indication to the provider server to create a listing using the enhanced content. When the source server determines that the potential matching listing received from the provider server is a matching listing, the source server transmits to the provider server the enhanced listing with an identifier provided by the provider server as an indication to the provider server to update the enhanced listing on the provider server with the enhanced content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Yext, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard C. Lerman, Jonathan Kennell, Thomas C. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9172915
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of operating a channel recommendation system, including, providing a channel recommendation bid interface, receiving a bid request on the interface, and displaying a recommendation link to the channel on at least one user recommendation display device based on the bid request. Real time viewership information may also be used in the operation of the channel recommendation system. The invention further provides a method of operating a shared information system, including, receiving a recorded clip recommendation request, determining a recipient based on the recommendation request, wherein the recipient is a user different from the recommendation source, determining a recorded video clip based on the recommendation request, determining an ad based on a profile associated with the recipient, and associating the determined clip and the determined ad with the recipient. Real time viewership information may also be used in the operation of the shared information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Dizpersion Corporation
    Inventors: Frank C. Nicholas, Ian B. Carswell
  • Patent number: 9148438
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for publishing non-malicious third party content to a data feed. These mechanisms and methods for publishing non-malicious third party content to a data feed can provide analysis of third party content requested to be published to a data feed, which can be used to safeguard against the publication of malicious content to the data feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Shozub Qureshi, Man Lung Hui, Carter Thaxton
  • Patent number: 9071876
    Abstract: Video content may be transmitted with enhanced content or ancillary information that includes viewer loyalty incentives. The viewer loyalty incentives may be in the form of incentives, certificates or other information which may accumulate depending on viewing time. The more the viewer watches, the more incentives the viewer may receive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Kinder, Amanda C. Mallare, Scott P. Casey
  • Publication number: 20150149301
    Abstract: Various embodiments that may generally relate to presentation of information in a coordinated manner. One or more output devices may make an advertising offering. One or more commercial offerings may be offered in coordination with the advertising presentation made through the output devices. The offerings may be limited in time and/or geographic area. Customers in an area at a specified time may be presented with an advertising campaign enabling them to access a virtual store at the time and in the area. Various methods are described. Various apparatus are described. Further embodiments are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Dow, Timothy Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20150142584
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, method and computer-program product are provided for determining affinities between members of an on-line service and/or one member's likely propensity for content published by or on behalf of another member. Members of the service include individuals and organizations. A content item may be an announcement by or for a member, an advertisement, a job listing or something else. Content items available for service to an individual member are ranked based on the member's propensity for consuming them, as reflected in scores computed for each item. An item's propensity score may be calculated based on the relevance and/or proximity between the member and an organization featured in or associated with the item. Relevance may measure the similarity between profiles of the individual and the organization. Proximity may be affected by whether the individual and/or associates of the individual follow the organization, visit a page of the organization, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Haishan Liu, Baoshi Yan, Anmol Bhasin, Christian Posse
  • Patent number: 9032018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a targeting technique for controlling the provisioning of content items, for example advertisements, to users in a mobile communications network (100). A method embodiment of the technique is performed in a provisioning server (114) in the mobile communications network and comprises the steps of receiving an indication of a content item which has been selected by a first user via a first mobile terminal (126); retrieving, from a user-related database, contact information associated with the first user, wherein the contact information indicates at least one second user (128); determining a location of a second mobile terminal of the second user; and selectively initiating, if an intended presentation area for the selected content item covers the location of the second mobile terminal, a presentation of the selected content item to the second mobile terminal (128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Karl Quinn
  • Patent number: 9031261
    Abstract: A system for controlling a volume of a broadcast advertisement including an advertisement agency server, a broadcaster server, a monitoring apparatus, and an advertisement company server, which are connected through a wire or wireless communication network is provided. The advertisement agency server includes an advertisement material storage unit, an advertisement material conversion unit, an advertisement watermark generation unit, a format conversion unit, and a cost calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation
    Inventor: Won-Chang Lee
  • Publication number: 20150127468
    Abstract: A system can include a processor configured to: receive user session data from a network, identify user session data associated with a creative, and determine user interaction information associated with the creative. The processor may also be configured to determine one or more of a mean, a variance, and a median of a distribution of the user interaction information associated with the creative. Also, the processor can be configured to determine expected user engagement associated with the creative according to one or more of the user interaction information, the mean, the variance and the median. The processor can also be configured to: determine a probability that the expected user engagement will be higher than actual user engagement according to the expected user engagement and determine an expected price associated with the creative according to the probability that the expected user engagement will be higher than actual user engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Xing Yi, Yan Jiao, Jean-Marc Langlois, Prabhakar Krishnamurthy, Xiubo Geng
  • Publication number: 20150127422
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for providing information including an interface for receiving the information from a source and a delivery channel for transmitting the information to a subscriber. The system may include a commerce component for monetization. The information may be at least partially exclusive. A method is described for transmitting information including receiving the information from a source, and transmitting the information to a subscriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Berman, Steven Adelstein
  • Publication number: 20150120466
    Abstract: The invention calculates, allocates and pays a Content-Provider-CP for online content with an adaptive value calculator, a payment processor computer, memory and associated web-server. The CP allocation in one system is based upon User-CP centric actions or characteristics (A-C); Content centric A-C; Content Performance centric characteristics; and Viewer centric A-C. A compiler registers Users-CPs. An uploader delivers CP content to the web-server. A tracking module monitors views and acclamations on uploaded content. A revenue tracker accounts for revenue sources on the web-server. An allocation processor calculates CP payments. Metric examples are: CP centric (famous CP or frequent CP poster); Content centric (geographically relevant or trending topic); Performance centric (views on published content); Viewer centric (comments by famous critic). A payment module pays the CP through a banking system. Metrics are time-based temporal functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Redlich
  • Publication number: 20150112816
    Abstract: A system configured to provide a graphical user interface for providing brand integration within online content, managing brand integration within online content, and/or managing compensation associated with online content. The system may be configured to effectuate presentation of a graphical user interface. The graphical user interface may include a graphical user interface available and/or presented to one or more producers of online content. The graphical user interface may be configured to convey information associated with one or more of managing brand integration within online content, promoting the online content, and/or managing compensation associated with the online content. In some implementations, the system may be configured to facilitate integration of one or more third-party applications into the graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin P. COLLIER
  • Patent number: 9015595
    Abstract: A system for serving localized advertisements receives data that defines an advertisement from an advertiser and determines a geographic location of the advertiser. The system also receives a request to serve an advertisement from a browser operated by a user and determines a geographic location associated with the user. The system communicates the advertisement to the browser if the geographic location associated with the user matches the geographic location of the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Nussel, Allie K. Watfa, Jonathan Kilroy
  • Patent number: 9015151
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention is directed to a computer-implemented method which includes at least the following steps of requesting a consent to obtain an individual social media profile data; based on the consent, electronically obtaining the individual social media profile data from a social media electronic data source; determining individual specific parameters based on the individual social media profile data; matching the individual specific parameters to at least one segment identifier generated based on a predetermined segmentation of a target population of individuals; based on the matching, associating the at least one segment identifier with the individual social media profile data; and outputting an advertisement to the individual based on the at least one segment identifier associated with the individual social media profile data of such individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Oran Perry Margulis, Gil Aaron Margulis
  • Publication number: 20150106442
    Abstract: Measures, including methods, apparatus and non-transitory computer-readable storage mediums, are provided for processing browser sessions in a telecommunications network, the telecommunications network comprising a service provider network operated by a service provider responsible for providing telecommunications services to a plurality of subscriber client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jon BALDACHIN, Raif AWAIDA
  • Patent number: 9008626
    Abstract: A unified alerts message service delivers an alerts message, including content of interest to a user, to a mobile station of the user. Interest information of the user, which defines user's preferences or interests, is inputted by the user to an interface provided by a platform for providing the alerts message service. The platform receives various alerts contents from a number of content providers, and performs a logical matching to find alerts contents that logically match the user's interest information among the received alerts contents. The alerts contents found from the logical matching are sent in one or more mobile messaging service messages including combined alerts contents are sent to a mobile station of the user via a mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Dongliang Hu
  • Patent number: 9009064
    Abstract: A purchase-transaction-settled online consumer referral and reward system and method using real-time specific merchant sales information is provided for the advertising publishing industry. The system provides a pay per transaction platform that allows advertising publishers to monetize interactive and/or broadcast media advertising by tracking and linking ad acceptance events to consummated consumer purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Karlin, Lee Wang
  • Publication number: 20150100433
    Abstract: Systems and related methods are disclosed that provide an electronic commerce and communication system that includes real-time product inventory information to enable a customer-driven experience for reservation of products. An electronic commerce exchange is provided that permits customers to browse, search, and reserve products for in-store pickup across multiple merchants, each potentially with multiple retail locations. The exchange includes a real-time product inventory database that maintains real-time product inventory information for the retail locations of the merchants. The product inventory database includes ingest engines that permit an interface to different inventory transfer protocols so that product inventory information can be maintained across disparate inventory systems maintained by different merchants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Retailigence Corporation
    Inventors: Gene Choy, Simon S. Lam, Peter Christianson, Kurt Hayes
  • Publication number: 20150100434
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for bartering content. The system adds a first application to a bartering network, the bartering network including applications for exchanging objects, each of the objects including content associated with a specific application and available for integration into a different application. The system then assigns an application value to the first application and determines an exchange rate for exchanging at least a first object for integration into a second application with at least a second object for integration into the first application, wherein the exchange rate is based on the application value. Based on the exchange rate, the system exchanges the at least first object with the at least second object to yield an exchange, wherein the exchange enables the at least first object to be integrated into the second application and the at least second object to be integrated into the first application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul K. Sanghavi, Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Ravindra Phulari