Fee For Advertisement Patents (Class 705/14.69)
  • Patent number: 10706468
    Abstract: Contextual searches may be performed to identify subsets of search results from an organized dataset. Contextual searching may return search results based on a relevance of the results to a query or search terms. Characters may be input by users at a search field that may be used to define context filters for limiting the search results of the organized dataset. Triggering events may be received that may trigger the definition of context filters that may be used to obtain the subsets of search results from the organized dataset. The triggering event may be a delimiter in the character string, for example. The subset of search results may include a subset of tradable objects that may be traded at an electronic exchange. The subset of search results may continue to be limited based on additional context filters defined from the search input at the search field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Trading Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Lane
  • Patent number: 10701556
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining an affinity between a target user and at least one candidate user. The systems may perform the methods to obtain a plurality of target service orders associated with the target user and a plurality of candidate service orders associated with the candidate user within a predetermined time period; select one or more relevant service orders from the plurality of candidate service orders based on the plurality of target service orders; and determine an affinity between the target user and the candidate user based on the one or more relevant service orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chengxiang Zhuo
  • Patent number: 10672040
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the invention relate to servicing fill request using ad networks and demand-side partners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Henry Yolken
  • Patent number: 10628852
    Abstract: In one example, an augmented reality (AR) server. The server has an AR server program executable to transmit a first aura having a selectable weblink to a web-linked camera device (WLCD); receive from a website an identity that uniquely associates the WLCD with a user and aura data indicative of a second aura targeted to the user based on a user-selected weblink; and transmit the second aura to the WLCD corresponding to the identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Sexton
  • Patent number: 10623998
    Abstract: Methods and systems to establish and execute price offerings among the lenders and borrowers in a bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage. The method comprises establishing a price offering among a lender and borrower in a bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage. The method further includes executing the price offering upon acceptance of a lender to the bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 10614385
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enforcing host standards in a reservation system. In one embodiment, a reservation system provides two methods of communication between a potential guest and a host, hard communications and soft communications. The reservation system associates both types of communication with threads, each thread associated with the host and an associated reservation. The reservation system determines suspension metrics for each host based on the communications of the threads they are associated with. When the suspension metrics associated with a host satisfy one or more suspension criteria, the reservation system issues a suspension to the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Airbnb, Inc.
    Inventors: Lenny Rachitsky, Martin Anh Dung Nguyen, Vaughn Quoss, David Michael Holtz, Daniel Nathan Hill, James Allen Ostrowski, II, Nelson Aurel Gauthier
  • Patent number: 10607444
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for providing a platform for integration into applications for user activity interaction for cross entity and third party reward integration. In this way, the system may integrate an activity platform that provides applications or integration into applications to generate an activities network. Furthermore, the system may monitor the user utilization the activities provide triggered responses based on the activities completed. As such, the system may intervene within a known application or third party to provide triggered responses. In some embodiments, the triggered response may be a reward or status built physical alteration to an application or resource distribution item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tracy Beth Greene, Sean Michael Gutman, Emily Paige Bosin
  • Patent number: 10607253
    Abstract: A method and system for generating content title recommendations for content titles associated with a content page is disclosed. The method and system collects user activity data representing user engagement levels relating to multiple content webpages, wherein each content page is associated with a content title. A title replacement candidate is identified in view of the collected user activity data, wherein the title replacement candidate includes a plurality of title components. The title replacement candidate is compared to one or more high user engagement value titles. Based on the comparison, one or more high user engagement title component recommendations are identified which correspond to one or more of the title components of the title replacement candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Outbrain Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Shachar, Yatir Ben Shlomo, Alexandra Bennett, Kevin S. Selhi
  • Patent number: 10599727
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for transcoding and providing resources. A query is received. A resource is generated, and the resource, when processed by a client device, causes the client device to perform various operations. The operations include displaying a search result having an associated landing page and detecting user interaction with the search result. The operations include, in response to detecting user interaction with the search result, displaying a first portion of the landing page that is embedded within the resource and requesting, over a network, a second portion of the landing page. The operations include receiving the second portion of the landing page, and loading the second portion of the landing page. The generated resource is provided in response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizuno, Ryoichi Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 10585990
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure are directed to systems and methods of using natural language processing techniques to automatically assign metadata to articles as they are published. The automatically-assigned metadata can then feed into the algorithms that calculate updated causation scores for agent-outcome hypotheses, powering live visualizations of the data that update automatically as new scientific articles become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Praedicat, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Melissa Boudreau, Lauren Caston, Naresh Chebolu, Adam Grossman, Liyang Hao, David Loughran, Michael Ragland, Robert Reville, Chun-Yuen Teng
  • Patent number: 10555050
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to statistical methods for measuring cross-screen efficacy as it relates to advertising. The improved statistical methods provide the ability for advertisers and advertising agencies to predict the behaviors of consumers based on their aggregated cross-screen behavior. The system creates a new output that includes optimized user segments and classifications. A second part of the output is improved measurement and prediction of future consumer behaviors based on the processed multi-sided data on cross-screen behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VIDEOAMP, Inc.
    Inventors: Debajyoti Ray, Ross McCray, David Gullo, Jay Prasad
  • Patent number: 10530708
    Abstract: A computing resource management apparatus and method are provided. The computing resource management apparatus comprise, at least one processor configured to implement: a collector configured to collect an amount of computing resources used by each of a plurality of virtual network functions (VNFs) which are connected by service chaining; a detector configured to detect, from among the plurality of VNFs, a target VNF to be adjusted by respectively comparing computing resources used by each of the plurality of VNFs with computing resources allocated to each of the plurality of VNFs; and an adjustor configured to adjust computing resources allocated to the target VNF, and adjust computing resources allocated to a plurality of remaining VNFs, from among the plurality of VNFs, based on an adjusted amount of computing resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun-Deuk Kim, Hyun-Taek Oh
  • Patent number: 10504192
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for tracking influence of a user on content shared via encoded uniform resource locator (URL) links. Measuring influence of a user may identify what level of engagement the user drives to content when the user shares content with other users, such as via encoded links. A high influencer may be a user who drives a high level of engagement with content when the user shares content. A low influencer may be a user who does not drive a high level of engagement, or otherwise drives a low level of engagement with content when the user shares content. The method may include receiving, by a server, identification of a user for each of a plurality of encoded uniform resource locator (URL) links. The server may identify a plurality of keywords from content identified by each encoded URL link. The server may determine a number of actions via a plurality of users that decoded each encoded URL link of the plurality of encoded URL links of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BITLY, INC.
    Inventors: Hilary Mason, Peter Stern
  • Patent number: 10489826
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for allowing a user to grant or deny a third party access to different portions of the user's profile characteristics. Control circuitry may calculate an optimal promotion offer from a third party to a user based on a first layer of the user's profile characteristics matching a target-audience profile of the third party. Control circuitry may then generate for display the optimal promotion offer to the user. In response to receiving a selection of the optimal promotion offer from the user, control circuitry may receive further selections, from the user, of a subset of the user's profile characteristics to share with the third party, and then generate for display, to the user, an actual promotion offer based on the selected subset of profile characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Paul T. Stathacopoulos
  • Patent number: 10467265
    Abstract: The present teachings generally relate to a method for extracting one or more matched entries from a first database using a second database, including the steps of: identifying a plurality of second entities from the second database by filtering a plurality of entities of the second database according to one or more identification rules; inputting at least one keyword as a query to extract the one or more matched entries from the first database; linking the at least one keyword to one or more second entities according to one or more linking rules to define one or more linked second entities; matching the one or more linked second entities to one or more entries in the first database according to one or more matching rules to define the one or more matched entries; and extracting the one or more matched entries from the first database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEARCHMETRICS GMBH
    Inventors: Fang Xu, Marcus Tober
  • Patent number: 10466875
    Abstract: Provided are a device and a method which facilitate continued focusing of a user on specific content information even when said specific content information has been moved off the display screen by scrolling or page transitioning. Focus content information, which is identified from content information displayed on the display screen of the terminal device, is set in advance as content information for user focus. Then, in response to user operations which transition said focus content information out of the display area, copy content information, being a copy of said focus content information, is displayed for a certain period of time on the display screen of said terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinya Takami
  • Patent number: 10453093
    Abstract: One disclosed system includes a processor, a network interface in communication with the processor, a data storage device in communication with the processor, and computer-executable instructions stored in computer storage. The instructions are configured, when executed by the processor, to cause computer hardware to perform operations comprising: (1) matching a consumer lead comprising information about a consumer with one or more vendors selected from a set of vendors identified in data records stored on the data storage device; (2) sending, via the network interface, the lead to the matched vendors; (3) receiving a real-time indication of a rejection from one of the matched vendors; (4) matching the lead with a replacement vendor; and (5) sending the lead to the replacement vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LMB MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Doug Leteux, Kanaya J. Nagdev, Dmitry Kuzmenko
  • Patent number: 10453101
    Abstract: An ad processor evaluates bid functions that are based on concepts that might be generated from interpretations of natural language expressions. Ad buyers provide the functions with corresponding ads to ad processors. Bid functions are further based on the values of semantic information referenced by expressions. Bid functions are further based on environmental information. Ad buyers are able to modify bid functions. Ads may be provided in the form of questions, and may be indicated by an identifying sound. Upon finding no expression concepts within a bid function, the set of expression concepts is expanded according to strengths of connections between concepts in a concept graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SOUNDHOUND INC.
    Inventors: Scott Halstvedt, Keyvan Mohajer
  • Patent number: 10346492
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing information via a computer network are provided. A data processing system can identify a cluster that includes a plurality of online content items having a semantic or user similarity. The data processing system determines a plurality of cluster placement criteria of the cluster, and receives content configured for display with a web page. The content can be associated with the cluster based on the semantic or user similarity. A cluster placement criterion of the plurality of cluster placement criteria can be selected based on a quality metric of the selected cluster placement criterion, and the selected cluster placement criterion can be provided as a supplemental criterion used to select the content for display with the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Bahman Rabii, Xiaodan Song, Yingwei Cui
  • Patent number: 10332151
    Abstract: Method for influencing content delivery to a mobile device used by a user includes: receiving a request for content delivery from the mobile device, over a computer network; obtaining a location of the mobile device; identifying one or more media points in proximity to the obtained location of the mobile device; obtaining type, location and display size of the identified one or more media points, from one or more databases; determining a strength of an exposure of the user to said identified one or more media points, based on the type, location and display size of the identified one or more media points and the location of the mobile device; selecting a relevant supplemental content for delivery to the mobile device, based on said determined strength of an exposure of the user to said identified one or more media points; and delivering said selected relevant supplemental content and the requested content to the mobile device over the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Blake F. Megdal
  • Patent number: 10282760
    Abstract: A system for incentivization of communications, comprising an incentivization engine and an auction service, and a method for using such a system for providing incentivization of user communications and user competition for incentives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Collins Byrne
  • Patent number: 10276038
    Abstract: A monitoring device that serves as a remote notification system and provides communication between a medical device and a remote computing device. The monitoring device is installed in the medical device and has a microcontroller that is synched with a main board of the medical device, allowing signals and commands to be transmitted between the microcontroller and the main board. A transceiver is electrically connected to the microcontroller and allows for communication between the microcontroller and the remote computing device over a wireless network. The microcontroller monitors the medical device and sends an alert to the remote computing device when an undesirable states is detected. A dashboard application on the remote computing device allows a user to view alerts and initiate a plurality of medical device functions from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Hastings
  • Patent number: 10198765
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for distributing content items. In one aspect, a method includes identifying a content item that is eligible to be provided in response to a content item request and is associated with a bid. It is determined that the identified content item includes two or more different interactive elements that each cause different actions to be initiated in response to user interaction with the different interactive elements. An auction score is determined for the content item based on a function of the bid, a bid modifier for each different interaction, and a probability that each interaction will be invoked. The content item is selected to be provided based on the auction score. Data that cause presentation of the selected content item at a user device are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Davis Monkman, Aranyak Mehta, Omkar Muralidharan, Christopher M. Roat, Bartholomew Furrow, Edward A. Baltz
  • Patent number: 10190886
    Abstract: A network system can estimate preparation times associated with items offered by a plurality of entities to manage a network service over a given geographic region. The network system can receive, from a user device of a user, a request that includes a selection of one or more items offered by one or more entities near the service location. The network system can determine an optimal route for a service provider to navigate to provide the service based at least in part on mapping information and determined preparation times associated with the one or more selected items. The optimal route includes at least a first route segment from a first location to at least one of the entities and a route segment from a second location to the service location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Droege, Stephen Chau, Andrew Timothy Szybalski
  • Patent number: 10193841
    Abstract: Techniques for onboarding users to various product features are described. According to various embodiments, information identifying a set of candidate onboarding content items associated with an email type of an email to be transmitted to a particular member of an online social network service is accessed. Thereafter, a first subset of the candidate onboarding content items is removed from the set, responsive to determining that the particular member has already been onboarded to products associated with the candidate onboarding content items in the first subset. Further, a second subset of the candidate onboarding content items is removed from the set, responsive to determining that the particular member has previously viewed and not interacted with the candidate onboarding content items in the second subset. A specific onboarding content item is then dynamically selected from the remaining set of candidate onboarding content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Yuan, Vidya Chandrasekaran, Wynn Chen, Stephen Philip Hiller, Benjamin Lai, Bruno Pereira Medeiros, John Reilly
  • Patent number: 10192252
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a database configured to store position data indicating a current position of at least one search target person, the position data being received from a communication apparatus of the at least one search target person, an information providing unit configured to provide the position data of the at least one search target person to a terminal apparatus of a searcher in response to an information request from the terminal apparatus of the searcher, and a communication mediation unit configured to receive, from the terminal apparatus, a communication request for requesting communication with a search target person who is selected by the searcher based on the provided position data, and to transmit a communication message to a communication apparatus of the selected search target person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Tsuchida, Nobutatsu Takahashi, Seiya Amatatsu
  • Patent number: 10176534
    Abstract: A method and system improve retention of a user of a tax return preparation system by personalizing a tax return preparation interview with questions that are at least partially based on user data processed by one or more predictive models, according to one embodiment. The method and system include receiving user data that is associated with a user, and applying the user data to one or more predictive models to cause the one or more predictive models to generate predictive output data, according to one embodiment. The predictive output data are scores for a subset of questions, and scores represent a relevance to the user of each of the subset of questions, according to one embodiment. The method and system include presenting selected ones of the subset of questions to the user, at least partially based on the scores, to personalize a tax return preparation interview for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Massimo Mascaro, Yao H. Morin
  • Patent number: 10163136
    Abstract: A story describing an activity performed by an interacting user is distributed to viewing users according to the influencer scores for the viewing users. Each influencer score can be calculated based at least in part on the influence of a viewing user on those users connected to the viewing user, and on the influencer scores for the users connected to the viewing user. Based on the determined influencer scores, at least one of the viewing users can be provided with the story describing the activity performed by the interacting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Felipe Garcia-Martinez, Rong Yan
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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