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System and method for providing advertising server optimization for online computer users

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547865
A system and method for providing advertising server optimization for online computer users is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes obtaining an advertisement; defining a set of features of the advertisement; generating a predicted click through rate (CTR) corresponding to the advertisement based in part on the set of features; ranking the advertisement based on the generated click through rate; and serving the advertisement based on the ranking.

Systems and methods for providing search results along a corridor

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547872
Systems and methods to provide search results along a corridor are discussed. In an example, a method for providing search results along a corridor can include displaying an interface enabling a user to define a route of travel, accessing a search corridor, filtering a plurality of search results, and displaying the search results. The search corridor encompassing at least a portion of the route of travel, and based at least in part on the route of travel, a mode of transportation, and a…

Systems and methods for automatically saving a state of a communication session

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549028
A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for automatically saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device of a user and an application server of a content publisher. In some embodiments, the method may include determining that the communication session includes a typical process flow of the user, and identifying an…

Systems and methods for matching a user to social data

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542692
A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for matching social data to a user of a networked-based content publisher are provided. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may access social network entries published on one or more social networks. Social network entries that include a reference to content published by a particular content publisher may be identified. A social network profile corresponding to a…

System and method of intelligently recommending based on social media

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542705
A system and method of intelligently recommending items based on social media communications are provided. A communication in a first format is intercepted from a first service. An intent to transact is then detected within the communication. A recommendation engine can then be used to identify one or more items available at an ecommerce service, the one or more items related to the intent to transact within the communication. Then a reply communication can be posted to the first service…

Method, medium, and system for keyword bidding in a market cooperative

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542707
A computer-implemented method and system for keyword bidding in a market cooperative are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes receiving a keyword bid from a first party; determining a value to a host associated with the keyword bid; augmenting the keyword bid by an amount corresponding to the value to the host; and sending the augmented keyword bid to a second party.

Pairable secure-access facilities

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542784
Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to…

Lockable widgets on a mobile device

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9536068
A software widget running on a user device may be designed to operate in a locked or an unlocked mode. In unlocked mode, the user has full interactivity with the widget. In locked mode, however, at least some of the interactivity with the widget is restricted, despite the fact that the widget still operates normally otherwise while in the locked mode. While in locked mode, user input may be compared against a predefined unlocking sequence to determine if the widget should be unlocked.

On-line community network of sets

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9538149
Method and system to provide users with access to authoritative sets of various collectable items and to permit users create and manage their own sets based on the respective authoritative sets are described. An authoritative set may be a collection of images representing collectable items. Access to an authoritative set may be provided via a web site that facilitates a community space where users can compare their collected sets to the authoritative set and determine what products may…

Distributed parallel build system

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9529589
This document describes, among other things, systems and methods for managing distributed parallel builds. A computer-implemented method to manage parallel builds, comprises identifying one or more software components in a software project, wherein each software component includes an executable binary file; determining a build configuration for each software component, wherein the build configuration includes a mapping from each software component to one or more build servers; and…

Computer-implemented method and system for combining keywords into logical clusters that share similar behavior with respect to a considered dimension

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9529897
A computer-implemented method and system for combining keywords into logical clusters that share a similar behavior with respect to a considered dimension are disclosed. Various embodiments are operable to order a list of keywords from high activity to low activity, partition the list into at least two sets, a head partition including keywords with an activity level above a predefined threshold, a tail partition including the remainder of the keywords in the list, model the keywords in…

Content recommendation system

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9529921
In various example embodiments, systems and methods to provide content recommendations are provided. Search parameters are received from a user. An attribute associated with the user is derived. Using the search parameters and the attribute, content from a database matching the attribute and the search parameters are determined. The matching content may be prioritized for presentation to the user.

Methods, systems, and apparatus for personalizing a web experience using ant routing theory

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9530111
Methods, systems, and apparatus for using ant theory to personalize a workflow are described. One or more path segments in a data structure that represents a workflow may be identified, the one or more path segments corresponding to a path traversed by a user. A weight associated with each of the identified one or more path segments in the data structure may be increased. One or more weights in the data structure associated with a plurality of path segments may be decreased based on a…

Automatic extraction of multilingual dictionary items from non-parallel, multilingual, semi-structured data

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9530161
User interfaces receive a first plurality of user queries and result sets that are in a category, exhibit a constraint, and exhibit user behavior. Also received are a second plurality of user queries and result sets that that are in the category, exhibit the constraint, and exhibit user behavior. The second user queries and results are received either from a plurality of user interfaces coupled to a second system, or from the second system itself. Responsive to detecting that the first…

Methods and systems for detecting an electronic intrusion

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9531739
Methods and systems for detecting an electronic intrusion are described. A notification is received, over a network, from a server, the notification reporting a detection of a user activity. In response to receiving the notification reporting the detection of the user activity, the user activity is identified as a possible electronic intrusion into a user account. A location of a user corresponding to the user account is determined. Based at least in part on the location of the user, it…

User commentary systems and methods

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9532110
Systems and methods that facilitate user commentary are described. In some embodiments, a method receives program content from a content source and identifies data describing the program content. The program content is communicated to a first device for presentation to a user. The data describing the program content is communicated to a second device for presentation to the user substantially simultaneously with the presentation of the program content on the first display device. A user…

Method and system to automatically insert a relevant hyperlink into a webpage

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9524280
A method and system to automatically insert a hyperlink into a webpage containing text is described. The system comprises at least one processor and at least one software component. The at least one software component is executable by the at least one processor to receive, via, a network, the text. The at least one software component further compares a portion of the text to at least one character string that is stored in a database to identify the portion of the text as included in both…

Systems and methods for recommending a retail location

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9524521
A method and a system are disclosed for generating a recommendation of a retail location on a network-based system. For example, a system may obtain a retail location definition associated with a geographic location. The geographic location may represent the retail location. The system then builds a scan event model from product scan messages received from a plurality of scanning devices located within the geographic location. The scan event model may include one or more scan events each…

System and method for mining category aspect information

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519702
Systems and methods for providing category aspect information by mining historical data is provided. A table comprising joined data is accessed. The table includes historical data that comprises user behavior data based on actions performed with past queries by users listing data that includes aspect data for each listing and a determined category for each listing. Demand scores based on the joined data are determined. The determined demand scores are used to determine at least one…

Methods and systems for dynamic coupon issuance

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519908
Methods and systems for issuing targeted coupons with a network-based system is disclosed. For example, a system can include a targeting module, a coupon rules engine, a coupon generation engine, a coupon widget, and a checkout module. The targeting module can create a model for controlling coupon generation. The coupon rules engine can determine whether a user accessing the network-based system qualifies to receive a coupon based at least in part on application of the model created by…