Social Networking Patents (Class 705/319)
  • Patent number: 9710483
    Abstract: The LOCATION-CONSCIOUS SOCIAL NETWORKING APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS (“LCSN”) transforms user personality and location inputs via LCSN components into match and transaction outputs. LCSN may be a processor-implemented method for location-conscious social networking, involving collecting personality details pertaining to a user, analyzing the personality details and constructing a personality profile for the user. The LCSN may also collect geolocation information from the user and compare it to geolocation data from other users, may use user personality profiles to calculate a compatibility rating between the user and other users, and may send an alert to users if the geolocation data indicates that the user is within a specified distance of another user, and/or if the users are matches for each other. Users may further be able to express anonymous interest in other users by anonymously rating potential matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Miller Nelson LLC
    Inventors: Luke Miller, Nicolina Miller
  • Patent number: 9710468
    Abstract: A topic profile may be generated based on several words/phrases. The topic profile may include social media content items such as a social media post from a variety of social media sources. The topic profile may be presented to a user via a user interface that displays the one or more included/excluded words/phrases that may form the basis of a query for the topic profile. The user interface may display one or more representative social media content items and/or a word cloud of words/phrases related to the query. A user may select one or more words/phrases in the word cloud and/or one or more social media content items to be included in and//or excluded from the topic profile. The implementations disclosed herein may allow rapid filtering of a potentially large group of content items from potentially disparate social media sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SALESFORCE.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher John Nicholls, Christopher Shawn Collings
  • Patent number: 9703847
    Abstract: User-submitted content (e.g., stories) may be associated with descriptive metadata (intersection metadata), such as a timeframe, location, tags, and so on. The user-submitted content may be browsed and/or searched using the descriptive metadata. Intersection criteria comprising a prevailing timeframe, a location, and/or other metadata criteria may be used to identify an intersection space comprising one or more stories. The stories may be ordered according to relative importance, which may be determined (at least in part) by comparing story metadata to the intersection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: III Holdings 2, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Rinearson, Kristofor Selden, Michael Flashman
  • Patent number: 9705837
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for selecting an identified message group from among the plurality of messages sent by a plurality of users of social media. For the messages sent by users other than the original user that quote the message sent by the original message user, the method provides: performing a primary evaluation of the potential for being further resent; identifying a single user who has sent a message for which the primary evaluation result was higher than a predetermined first threshold; identifying a message group similar to a resent messages group, based on a resent messages group that quotes the message send by the single user; performing a secondary evaluation for the potential that the similar message group will be further resent; and selecting a message group for which the secondary evaluation result was higher than a predetermined second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miki Enoki, Yohei Ikawa, Tetsuya Nasukawa, Raymond Harry Rudy
  • Patent number: 9692739
    Abstract: A website is validated. In one implementation, this validation includes providing an identifier and determining whether the identifier appears in a website, resource, or location. Website services are then provided, including providing usage or user feedback data associated with the website; providing an electronic shopping cart or checkout mechanism associated with the website; providing a financial status indicator associated with the website; providing a custom search engine associated with the website; and providing a toolbar associated with the website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Shelton E. Harrison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9691428
    Abstract: System, apparatuses, and methods can provide customized exercise sessions and customized videos corresponding to the exercise session. Exercise components that are available to a user for an exercise category can be determined based on a user rank in the category and a rank of the components in the category. Certain available components can be selected to include in a customized session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Maser, Dave Grijalva
  • Patent number: 9686222
    Abstract: Arrangements described herein relate to initiating social interaction based on e-mail content. Information associated with an e-mail being composed by a user can be analyzed to determine whether content of the e-mail is appropriate for incorporation into at least one social system. Responsive to determining that the content of the e-mail is appropriate for incorporation into at least one social system, a first option to enter the content of the e-mail in a first social system and a second option to enter the content of the e-mail in a second social system can be presented to the user. Responsive to the user selecting to enter the content of the e-mail in the first social system, a first entry in the first social system can be automatically created. The first entry can include the content of the e-mail composed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernadette A. Carter, Kathryn Lemanski-Mercer, Cesar A. Wong
  • Patent number: 9672534
    Abstract: Preparing a content package by determining a requesting user profile based on the requesting user identity. This includes calculating an inclusion value for a content file based on at least one factor. The factor may be a social networking factor. The social networking factor is based on a profile attribute linking the requesting user identity to at least one friend user identity and a content rating attribute linking the content file to the friend profile. Other factors are a content aging factor based on a content age value and a request length factor based on a content length value. The calculated inclusion value is compared to an inclusion condition. If the calculated inclusion value satisfies the inclusion condition, incorporating the content file into the content package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Rahul Mahajan
  • Patent number: 9667637
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring communication traffic that is exchanged over a computer network. One or more authentication attempts that have failed are identified in at least part of the monitored communication traffic. Hostile activity is detected in the computer network by analyzing the failed authentication attempts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GUARDICORE LTD.
    Inventors: Ariel Zeitlin, Pavel Gurvich, Ofri Ziv, Itamar Tal
  • Patent number: 9659298
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for use in connection with at least one virtual agent. In some embodiments, at least one virtual agent is programmed to: identify a relationship between at least two persons; and make a recommendation for the at least two persons based at least in part on the relationship between the at least two persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Lynch, Kenneth S. Harper, Carey Radebaugh
  • Patent number: 9661084
    Abstract: A representative sample of an online social network is formed by performing a deterministic process that coalesces to indicate success. A random value is selected for seeding the process. Based on the random value, the process is executed and once the process coalesces, a proper sampling of the online social network results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: 7517700 Canada Inc. O/A Girih
    Inventors: John Kenton White, Guichong Li
  • Patent number: 9652114
    Abstract: Described is a system for facilitating in-person interaction between multi-user virtual environment (“MMVE”) users. The system facilitates in-person interaction between the users if they have interacted virtually in MMVE via their respective avatars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory A. Piccionelli
  • Patent number: 9654591
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request for a measure of affinity for a particular action associated with a user of the social-networking system; and determining results for each predictor function based at least in part upon a number of actions previously preformed by the user with respect to the mobile-computing device. Each predictor function calculating a likelihood the user performs one or more actions; The method also includes computing a measure of affinity associated with the user based on the results for the predictor functions; and providing the computed measure of affinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Arie Matus
  • Patent number: 9654535
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a gesture indication is received from a mobile device, the gesture indication having been generated by the mobile device in response to a user gesture on a user interface of the mobile device with respect to a video currently being recorded by the mobile device. Then a social network service is accessed to obtain a listing of one or more potential visitors to view the video, the listing being automatically generated based at least partially on user preferences set by a user of the mobile device. Availability notifications are issued to the one or more potential visitors in the listing. A visit request is received from one of the one or more potential visitors. In response to the receiving of a visit request, the video currently being recorded is broadcast to the potential visitor corresponding to the visit request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Bill Nguyen, Vincent Mallet, Nicholas Woods, Jessica Cheng, Sandip Chokshi, Ganesh Ramanarayanan, Megan Streich
  • Patent number: 9654595
    Abstract: Embodiments dynamically aggregate and configure access to social networking contacts. A server system receives information from one or more users enrolled into the server system. The information includes a list of social networking accounts of which each of the users is a member, and a visibility status associated with each of social networking accounts. The server system provides a first list of social networking accounts having a first visibility status of a first user of the server system to a second user of the server system when the second user has a second list of social networking accounts that corresponds to the first list of social networking accounts that is set to the same visibility status as the first visibility status of the first list of social networking accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Mayhem Development, LLC
    Inventors: James Edward Carr, Nathan Douglas England
  • Patent number: 9654534
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a gesture indication generated by a mobile device in response to a user gesture on a user interface of the mobile device with respect to a video currently being recorded by the mobile device is received. Availability notifications are then issued to the one or more potential visitors in the listing. A visit request is received from one of the one or more potential visitors, and then a host invitation is issued to the mobile device. In response to an indication that the user device has permitted the potential visitor corresponding to the visit request to view the video currently being recorded as a live video broadcast, the video currently being recorded is broadcast to the potential visitor corresponding to the visit request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Bill Nguyen, Vincent Mallet, Nicholas Woods, Jessica Cheng, Sandip Chokshi, Ganesh Ramanarayanan, Megan Streich
  • Patent number: 9654512
    Abstract: Implementing security in social applications includes inferring a closeness level of a connection to a user's profile of a social application based on a closeness policy and implementing a security level individualized to the connection based on the closeness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Jason Flood, Jeffrey B. Sloyer, Ian D. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9646267
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for managing the visibility of relationships within a social network. One method includes an operation for enabling a person to establish a first follow relationship from the person to an entity in the social network. However, the entity is disabled to establish a second follow relationship from the entity to the person until the first follow relationship from the person to the entity is established. Further, the establishment of the first follow relationship with a limited visibility is detected, and the establishment of the second follow relationship is also detected. The method further includes an operation for disabling a user in the social network to obtain visibility of the second follow relationship if the first follow relationship is invisible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe E. Lilot, Nishant A. Thakkar, Pavan Desikan, David M. Byttow
  • Patent number: 9645713
    Abstract: Recommending and graphically displaying viewed video data sensitive to the viewing pattern of a user. Responsive to viewing a plurality of video frames of a video file, a navigation profile is captured to document the viewing pattern of the video frames. Specifically, attributes of the video frames are documented such as the frequency of plays of the video frames. Where multiple navigation profiles are captured, the navigation profiles are stored, aggregated, and represented graphically on a display. Additional video may be recommended based on the aggregated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9646096
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide online tools for helping a business improve its online presence. A contact importance score rates a contact's engagement with business via purchases and online contact, and may further gauge the contact's engagement with other contacts and potential contacts. An engagement score rates a business' engagement with online visitors with respect to industry best practices. A method of generating the engagement score may include providing recommendations to the business for improving the engagement score. A method for recommending online content can identify public and privately-created content that is likely to engage a business' users. A website builder can include a tool for aligning content on the website. The website builder can further include a tool for creating a video for promoting the business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Tsai, Josh Berk, Rajatish Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9639892
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems, computer program products, and methods for a financial and social management system that provides improved tracking and management related to how, where, when, and with whom a user enters into activities. The financial and social management system captures activity information and images from various sources of information, including but not limited to social networking accounts, e-receipts, location determination devices, and the like, and associates the activity information and images with the activities. The financial and social management system aggregates the activity information for a number of activities based on the location, user, entity, category, cost, time period, or the like and displays the aggregated activity information in an activity review interface. The financial and social management system may supplement the aggregated activity information with educational data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman, Katherine Dintenfass, Candice Michelle Jones, Charles Karim Aweida, Parker Holt Bossier, Rebecca A. Chen, Nandhita Kumar, Min Zhao
  • Patent number: 9639893
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems, computer program products, and methods for a financial and social management system that provides improved tracking and management related to how, where, when, and with whom a user enters into activities. The financial and social management system captures activity information and images from various sources of information, including but not limited to social networking accounts, e-receipts, location determination devices, and the like, and associates the activity information and images with the activities. The financial and social management system aggregates the activity information for a number of activities based on the location, user, entity, category, cost, time period, or the like and displays the aggregated activity information in an activity review interface. The financial and social management system may supplement the aggregated activity information with educational data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman, Katherine Dintenfass, Candice Michelle Jones, Charles Karim Aweida, Parker Holt Bossier, Rebecca A. Chen, Nandhita Kumar, Min Zhao
  • Patent number: 9632972
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for determining influence in a social community. In one aspect, a method includes identifying a user in a community; determining an influence score to be associated with the user in the community for a particular topic, including: determining a reach of one or more communications that relate to the particular topic that have been distributed from the user to other users in the community, and evaluating the reach as compared to the reach of one or more communications distributed from other users in the community for the particular topic; and storing the influence score in association with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Emily K. Moxley, Vinod Anupam, Hobart Sze, Dani Suleman, Khanh B. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9633086
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for goal-based user matching among social networking environments. In a typical embodiment, a querying user is asked to respond to a series of questions related to goals, criteria, and criteria priorities (and, optionally, a desired “degree” of separation among other users). The querying user will submit his/her responses, which are then parsed and prioritized accordingly. Based on the responses, social networking sites are then searched to identify a set (e.g., at least one) of candidate users that are potential collaboration partners with the querying user. This set of candidate users may be arranged in a list and sorted according to a best match to the querying user's responses. The list can then be provided to the querying user. In addition, invites can be sent to the set of candidate users to invite such users to connect/collaborate with the querying user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Coldicott, Eoin Lane, Brendan J. McCormick, Mei Y. Selvage
  • Patent number: 9628429
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for determining why a first user has indicated a desire to associate with a second user in an online social network. The first user initiates a request to associate with the second user. When the request is received at the system of the subject technology, one or more signals related to how the first user discovered the second user in the social network are determined, and a message is generated based on the one or more signals. A notification is provided to the second user that includes the message and an indication of the request to convey why the first user indicated a desire to associate with the second user. In some aspects, the subject technology will determine and display, in the notification, common interests that the users share so that the notified user can better evaluate the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Gopinath Neelambaran Kallayil
  • Patent number: 9614920
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a suggestion to a first user about adding a second user to a social group of the first user based at least in part on the context of an interaction between the first user and the second user. A connection application receives first user and second user activity on the third-party website responsive to authenticating the first user and the second user on the third-party website. The connection application identifies an interaction between the first user and the second user on the third-party website and determines the context for the interaction between the first user and the second user on the third-party website. The connection application identifies a group that the first user created on the social network based on the identified context and provides a suggestion to the first user that the first user add the second user to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ayush Agarwal, Francis Ma, Seth Sternberg
  • Patent number: 9600800
    Abstract: A social environment is provided by creating an object in response to recognition of an entity in a portion of web content, wherein the object represents the entity, the object is associated with a type selected from a set of types, and the type is associated with a schema selected from a set of schemas, where the social environment includes a set of objects including the object, wherein the objects are instances of corresponding types in a rich system of predefined types, the schemas are associated with the types, metadata is associated with the objects, and there is at least one relationship between at least two objects selected from the set of objects, where the set of objects and the metadata are extensible, such that extensions provided by a first user are available for use by a second user. In one example, metadata provided by a first user is only available to a second user having a relationship with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Tomkins, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar
  • Patent number: 9595020
    Abstract: A dynamic media caption apparatus and method in a social network environment. Included is a user interface to define syntax and distribution rules for a media caption in a social network; a distribution rules engine to understand the syntax and distribution rules defined in the user interface for the media caption and output a media caption that is customized according to the distribution rules; and a distribution manager to translate the customized media caption output by the distribution rules engine to a language understandable by the social network, generate the customized media caption in the language understandable by the social network and output the translated customized media caption to the social network, the customized media caption changing according to the distribution rules and a relationship to the user of a viewer of the media caption on the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 9590943
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for creating scripts to provide offline prompts in a social networking application operating on a client device are provided. History data for a user of the social networking application is received at a server. A script is created by the server based on the history data for the at least one user. The script, when executed by a client device remote from the server and operated by the user, provides a prioritized list of user identifiers on the social networking application. The script is sent by the server to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Jason Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9591091
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first notification through a real-time push service. The first notification includes a subset of user-facing information of an object having one or more states, the subset being determined at a first point in time. A second notification is received through the real-time push service. The second notification is an update to the user-facing information of the object, and the update may be a subset of user-facing information determined at a second point in time after the first point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kenneth Zadorozny, Mohit Talwar, Lev Popov, Rose Yao
  • Patent number: 9584608
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring interesting subjects. A method including: selecting, based on a first collection of interesting subjects, a set of critical nodes including at least one critical node which participates in one or more interesting subjects in the first collection; and monitoring contents posted by the one or more critical nodes in the set so as to find a second collection of interesting subjects. The set of critical nodes which participate in one or more interesting subjects in the first collection of interesting subjects is selected based on the first collection, as objects to be monitored, thereby reducing the number of contents posted by the nodes to be monitored as compared with monitoring all the user nodes, so that interesting subjects such as hot news or hot events can be found in real time with high efficiency and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Gong, Guoqiang Hu, Yi Qi, Yu Wang, Junchi Yan
  • Patent number: 9563923
    Abstract: During a feedback technique, a system that provides a social network requests feedback regarding an initial connection strength associated with an edge between two nodes in the social graph, which are associated with an entity and a counterparty, respectively. Note that the social graph represents interactions among users of the social network. Based on the feedback, the system determines a directional asymmetry between revised connection strengths received from the entity and the counterparty. Then, the system performs a remedial action based on the determined directional asymmetry, such as adjusting the connection strength of the edge. In addition, the remedial action may include: feedback about an accuracy of the initial connection strength, estimating a power distance between the entity and the counterparty, and/or encouraging interaction between the entity and the counterparty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Sanjay Sachdev, Abhishek Nigam
  • Patent number: 9565145
    Abstract: This application discloses a method implemented at a server to control information items shared on an instant messaging platform. The server monitors information sharing activities by a public account of the instant messaging platform. The public account is supported by a third party application authorized by the instant messaging platform and has connection with a plurality of individual user accounts of the instant messaging platform. When the amount of information shared by the public account exceeds a predefined threshold, the server partitions the shared information into multiple categories and measures user activities from the plurality of individual user accounts on the categorized shared information. The server selects a policy of restricting the public account from sharing information with the plurality of individual user accounts based on the measurement result, and applies the policy to the public account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jianbo Zou, Maowei Yang
  • Patent number: 9557972
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for code recommendation and share, including: an editor plug-in extracting source code unit information of a developer by interlocking with an editor of the developer; and a code recommendation server including a code repository storing code data, wherein the code recommendation server selects recommendation code data in the code repository through a code recommendation algorithm based on the source code unit information of the developer extracted in the editor plug-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cin Young Hur, Tae Dong Lee
  • Patent number: 9552055
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and edges, accessing user-concept scores for a first set of users nodes of the plurality for nodes, respectively, generating a recommendation-algorithm for estimating recommended user-concept scores for all user-concept pairs in the first set of user nodes and the plurality of concept nodes, and calculating recommended user-concept scores for a second set of user nodes of the plurality of nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Li, Fei Guo, Bradley Green
  • Patent number: 9554252
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for coordinating visits to loved ones incapable of leaving their particular place of domicile. A temporal and location dependent event notification system is provided that allows users of mobile device to be networked to one another and receive updates centered around visits to the debilitated loved one. Following the occurrence of a number of predetermined events, the system and method presents a message to the network members suggesting that members perform an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Kate Arney-Cimino
  • Patent number: 9554258
    Abstract: A system or method for providing recommended items for presentation to users and/or consideration by vehicle systems may be executable to: retrieve social network data associated with a user; extract a keyword and/or a key phrase from the social network data; and determine a preference model that includes a frequency analysis associated with the keyword and/or the key phrase and indicating how often the keyword and/or the key phrase are observed in the social network data. The system may further receive a request for content data; search a content database to retrieve one or more content items based on the frequency analysis associated with the preference model; generate one or more recommended items for the user or for a vehicle system from the one or more content items; and provide the one or more recommended items for presentation to the user or for processing by the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Dustin Harber, Vinuth Rai, Roger D. Melen
  • Patent number: 9544431
    Abstract: System and method for intelligent call blocking with block mode are provided. Said system comprises at least one of a local number database and a cloud number database, as well as a monitoring module used for monitoring the phone number of mobile terminal and preprocessing, an analyzing module used for analyzing obtained phone number by means of at least one of the local number database and the cloud number database and synthesizing marking information that is obtained by such analyzing, a displaying module used for displaying said marking information in a set area of said mobile terminal, a phone number marking module used for receiving marking information that is inputted by the user and is correlated with said phone number and delivering said marking information to the cloud number database; wherein, said local number database stores a part of or all of the phone numbers and corresponding marking information which have been verified and are stored in said cloud number database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SHANGHAI CHULE (COOTEK) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kan Zhang, Meng Zhang, Wenyu Ye, Teng Ren
  • Patent number: 9537867
    Abstract: A trust propagation system is disclosed that propagates trust data based on established trust relationships. The trust system may automatically propagate trust data between parties A and C based on trust relationships with a common party B. Trust data may include authentication data such as biometric data, encryption data, passwords, etc. that may be used to conduct exclusive communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Pradeep K. Bansal, Lee Begeja, Carroll W. Creswell, Jeffrey Farah, Benjamin J. Stern, Jay Wilpon
  • Patent number: 9537706
    Abstract: Information related to apparently successful matches between two entities is collected, and culled based on a later indication that the match failed. Matches between two entities may be generated based on comparative information with other entities who appear to share some characteristics or preferences. Matches may be based on actual actions, in contrast to expressed preferences. Actual actions may be taken into account in addition to expressed preferences. Generation of matches may take into account geographical and/or temporal proximity and/or likelihood of receiving a response, in addition to other attributes of an entity. Matching algorithms may be updated based on entity input. Potential matches may be presented to third party entities for evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Plentyoffish Media ULC
    Inventors: Markus Frind, Steve Oldridge
  • Patent number: 9521106
    Abstract: A method, a system and a device for obtaining potential friends information are disclosed in the present invention. The method includes: a server receives a request sent by a requesting client for obtaining potential friends information from a recommending user which is appointed by a requesting user; the server forwards the request for obtaining the potential friends information to a recommending client that pertains to the recommending user; the server receives the potential friends information sent by the recommending client, and determines whether users corresponding to the potential friends information and the recommending user are friends, and if yes, sends the potential friends information to the requesting client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Minge Li
  • Patent number: 9516122
    Abstract: A media player user interface on behalf of a user associated with a user account is generated that has a social network module that includes music updates associated with other users to which the user is linked. Media player actions associated with the user occurring in the media player user interface are also captured, updates are generated and provided to social network modules in a media player user interface associated with other linked users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Scott Durham, Craig Pape, Scott K. Meaker, Erin O. Anderson, Paul William Roberts, Jim L. Dantzler
  • Patent number: 9509857
    Abstract: Mobile device application usage history is collected across a plurality of mobile device applications. A mobile device application usage trigger event is received. For each of a plurality of candidate push notifications, a quality score adjustment is determined as a function of the collected mobile device application usage history and the trigger event. An opportunity to push a notification to the first mobile device is auctioned based on the adjusted quality scores. The notification of the auction winner is pushed to the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Wong O'Connor, Luis German Benavides Oyaga
  • Patent number: 9509840
    Abstract: A method for marking a phone number and a system for marking a phone number are provided. Said method comprises: obtaining a phone number of an incoming call or a dialed call to/from a mobile terminal; performing matching process on the obtained phone number in at least one of a local database and a cloud database; based on whether or not said phone number is successfully matched in the local database or the cloud database and whether said phone number is a questioned number, displaying the user with different marking pages, to prompt the user to mark said phone number or confirm the marking information of said phone number; obtaining the marking information marked by the user to said phone number according to the marking page, and performing marking verification process on the marking information; and according to the result of the marking verification process, updating said cloud database and said local database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SHANGHAI CHULE (COOTEK) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kan Zhang, Meng Zhang, Teng Ren, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 9501721
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, including an event information analyzing section which analyzes event information related to an event in which a person participates, a person image group analyzing section which analyzes, for the person participating in the event, a person image group including one or a plurality of person images including the person, and a profile estimation section which estimates a profile of the person participating in the event based on a result obtained by analyzing the person image group and a result obtained by analyzing the event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Ochi, Kazuhiro Nakagomi, Yorimitsu Naito, Takamasa Sato
  • Patent number: 9497234
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a first user interaction on a social network system; identifying a social network object in the social network system associated with the first user interaction by traversing a social graph of the social network system; identifying a user account based on the first user interaction; generating an implicit social graph connection between the user account and the social network object; and selecting a content entry for displaying to a user device signed-in under the user account or a friend account based on the implicit social graph connection, the friend account socially connected to the user account via the social graph of the social network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Abheek Anand, Julia Lee
  • Patent number: 9489699
    Abstract: The disclosure includes use of a feature-aware propagation model to identify one or more features of a product and one or more person(s), or members of a social network, to target, or user, for marketing the product having the identified features. The one or more person(s) identified using the model may be the person(s), or member(s), of a social network determined to have a maximum capability, relative to other members of the social network, for influencing the members of the social network in adopting, e.g., purchasing, a product having the identified features. In addition, parameters of the model may be determined using information about the social network, user preferences, and the products and features of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Nicola Barbieri, Francesco Bonchi
  • Patent number: 9491258
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for distributing images corresponding to communication endpoints. A system includes one or more servers configured to determine whether image privacy settings corresponding to images of communication endpoints permit the images to be transmitted to others of the communication endpoints for display with contacts lists of the others of the communication endpoints. A method includes transmitting the data corresponding to the images to the others of the communication endpoints as permitted by the image privacy settings. A communication endpoint is configured to present a contacts list displaying the images corresponding to communication endpoints listed in the contacts list to a user, if permitted by the corresponding image privacy settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sorenson Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Thelin, Lane Walters, Tara Lalor, James Blackham, Kevin Selman, Cameron Dadgari
  • Patent number: 9485313
    Abstract: Computer-based systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are disclosed. In a social network embodiment, information regarding a first user is obtained and formed into a first dataset. Conceptual spaces are selected for the first user, and the first user's location is determined in the spaces. Distances between the first user and other users and their datasets are computed in the selected conceptual spaces. Actions are taken based on the distances, such as including or excluding the other users from a friends list of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Alexander I. Poltorak
  • Patent number: 9471619
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products for controlling the state of a post in a social networking system implemented using a database system. In some implementations, a post is received from a user device. The post is configured to be shared in a feed of the social networking system and configured to be stored or identified using at least one data object in a database. The post has a state, which is either editable to permit editing of the post or non-editable to prevent editing of the post. At least a first criterion is applied to content in relation to the post. When at least the first criterion is satisfied, the state of the post can be controlled to be editable or non-editable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Olsen