Facebook Patent Grants

Display screen with animated graphical user interface

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: D781881

Systems and methods for a user-adaptive keyboard

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600167
In one embodiment, a method includes detecting one or more user interactions, associated with a user of a computing device, each interaction occurring at a region associated with an input value, and determining, for at least one user interaction, that the at least one user intended to provide a different input value. Adaptation information is generated for the at least one user based on the at least one user interaction. The adaptation information is stored for the at least one user. A…

Testing of application service versions on live data

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600393
Some embodiments include a computer server implementing a splitter engine to perform testing of a pre-production version of an application service against live traffic. The splitter engine can receive a client request for a live application service. The splitter engine can generate a live response by processing the client request through a live instance of a production engine. The splitter engine can select one or more request processors to process the client request and a processing…

Multimedia aggregation in an online social network

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600453
Multimedia content is featured on user pages of an online social network using embed codes that are generated using a configuration file associated with the source ID for the multimedia content and a content ID for the multimedia content. The configuration file, the source ID and the content ID are stored locally by the online social network so that any changes to the embed codes can be made by changing the configuration file associated with the source and regenerating the embed codes.…

Systems and methods for pruning data by sampling

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600503
Techniques provided herein allow for management of data. In various embodiments, systems and methods prune and retain data being managed by a data management system, where the managed data can include log data aggregated from one or more servers for analysis purposes. According to some embodiments, pruning can be triggered according to one or more constraints, such as the age of managed data (e.g., retain only 30 days of managed data) or the memory space required to store the managed…

Compatibility scoring of users

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600583
The compatibility score of members of a social network is based on the compatibility of their expressed interests. The compatibility score between any two interests is calculated as the log of the estimated probability that a member of the social network will express both interests divided by the product of: (i) the estimated probability that a member of the social network will express the first of the two interests and (ii) the estimated probability that a member of the social network…

Techniques to authenticate a client to a proxy through a domain name server intermediary

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602468
Techniques to authenticate a client to a proxy through a domain name server intermediary are described. In one embodiment, for example, a client apparatus may comprise a data store and a network access component. The data store may be operative to store a network configuration file, the network configuration file containing a client-specific secret. The network access component may be operative to transmit a communication request from the client device to a proxy server, the…

Granting permission to act on behalf of a user in a social networking system

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602541
A social networking system allows entities to delegate actions performed on behalf of the entity to social networking system users by assigning one or more roles to social networking system users. Roles may be assigned based on information associated with the entity by the social networking system. Different roles are associated with sets of permissions specifying actions a user associated with a role is authorized to perform on behalf of the entity via the social networking system.…

Sharing digital content on a social network

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602605
Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for more effectively and easily sharing on a social networking system digital content obtained from an external system. In one embodiment a user selects a control for sharing content from the external system that causes a sharing request to be sent. The sharing request is received by the social networking website, and an interface is presented to the user requesting sharing parameters. The user provides sharing parameters through the…

Location-based place determination using online social networks

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602965
In one embodiment, a method includes, by one or more computing devices of an online social network, receiving, from a mobile-client system of a first user of the online social network, geographic-location information associated with the mobile-client system. The method further includes identifying multiple candidate place-entities associated with the online social network that correspond to the geographic-location information, where each candidate place-entity is associated with a…

Bluetooth beacon protocol

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9603013
Beacon devices may transmit beacon messages to alert an application on a mobile phone of the beacon device's proximity. An encrypted authorization may be used to prevent malicious attacks. Unfortunately, some operating systems, e.g., the iOS™ operating system, strip data fields in service Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) from a received beacon message before the message is passed to the application. Various embodiments provide a protocol wherein the beacon device successively…

Techniques and systems for on-demand customized mobile data services

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9603059
Techniques for generating and providing on-demand customized mobile data services are described. A technique may include receiving application usage data at a data package service; analyzing the application usage data to obtain analyzed data; designing one or more data service packages according to the analyzed data, each data service package to define a set of parameters to manage access to a cellular data network; presenting one or more data service packages to a client device;…

Composite touch gesture control with touch screen input device and secondary touch input device

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594405
In one embodiment, a mobile device comprising a front-side touch display and a back-side touch surface determines a touch gestured by a user of the mobile device based on touch inputs to the front-side touch display and touch inputs to the back-side touch surface.

Identifying software application events

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594607
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a server computing device, a notification which includes: information associated with the identity of the user associated with the user-initiated event or with the identity of the client computing device; a variable, pre-determined string of symbols for the user-initiated event associated with the notification; a variable number describing a value of an attribute associated with the user-initiated event; and a variable parameter…

System and method for managing information flow between members of an online social network

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594840
An online social network is provided in which members of the online social network control who may view their personal information and who may communicate with them. The members control who may view their personal information by setting a visibility preference. A member may not view another member's full personal profile if the measure of relatedness between the two is greater than the visibility preference of the other member. The members also control who may communicate with them by…

Load balancing for multi-tiered querying

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594848
Technology is disclosed for establishing a querying system and load balancing the multi-tiered querying system. A multi-tiered targeted query system can comprise three tiers: a web tier, an aggregator tier, and a shard tier. When load balancing of shards is performed, fan-out can occur, increasing latency. The disclosed technology performs load balancing while minimizing the amount fan-out increase. Selecting the databases to move can comprise determining which databases on that server…

Filtering suggested structured queries on online social networks

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594852
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an text query inputted by a first user from a client device of the first user, generating a set of structured queries based on the text query, each structured query in the set corresponding to a grammar of a context-free grammar model, wherein each structured query is based on a natural-language string generated by a grammar of the context-free grammar model and comprises one or more tokens, wherein one or more of the tokens of each…

In-line images in messages

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596206
In one embodiment, a computing device detects an identifier of an object entered by a user participating in a message session. The message session includes one or more messages including text, and the text includes the identifier. The computing device accesses an image corresponding to the object based at least in part on the identifier. The computing device provides for display to a second user the image in place of the identifier within the text.

Systems and methods for sharing of media sessions within a social network

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596273
In one embodiment, a computing device identifies a set of second users to participate in an ongoing media session which was initiated by a first user. Each of the identified second users has a social-networking relationship with the first user, or a social-networking relationship with a media item of the ongoing media session. The computing device provisions the ongoing media session to second users, so that the second users join the ongoing media session in progress at the current point…

Static resource caching

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596312
A method and system for static resource caching in a networking system are provided. The system includes a fetcher instantiated on a particular user device. The fetcher can be a browser plug-in, a separate process or a program integrated into another process on the particular user device. The fetcher downloads static resource data from a web server and groups the downloaded static resource data into a plurality of static resource packages. In some embodiments, the fetcher may predict new…