Yahoo Patent Grants

Locally optimized feature space encoding of digital data and retrieval using such encoding

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659214
A digital document is represented as a set of codes comprising indices into a feature space comprising a number of subspaces, each code corresponds to one subspace and identifying a cell within the subspace. Each digital document can be represented by a code set, and the code set can be used as selection criteria for identifying a number of digital documents using each digital document's corresponding code set. By way of some non-limiting examples, digital document code sets can be used…

System and method for address based locations

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661066
Techniques are provided for identifying a locations of application users based on originating address. Techniques to generate a set of address-to-location mappings include a system configured to receive information about a plurality of location-known requests that originated from an address, wherein the information indicates a plurality of locations for the originating address. The system is further configured to identify a geographical area based, at least in part, on the plurality of…

Podcasts in personalized content streams

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661100
Software on a content-aggregation website obtains a resource associated with a podcast from a website publishing the podcast and stores it e resource on the content-aggregation website. The software adds the resource as a leaf node to a taxonomy generated by the content-aggregation website. The addition is based on data associated with the podcast. The non-leaf nodes in the taxonomy are categories of content. The software determines that a user of the content-aggregation website is…

Framework for providing digital home services

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661389
The systems and methods of the present invention provide for a number of improvements to the TV consumption process, including personalization, community viewing, shared presence and context, messaging, access to ratings and recommendations (including community reviews), alerts, etc. One method that the present invention provides allows for the indication of a given user's context to be provided to other users, such as users in the given user's social network. The method comprises…

Systems and methods for generating a dense graph

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652875
Methods and systems for generating a dense graph are described. One of the methods includes receiving a graph and computing a threshold to apply to the graph. The method further includes determining whether the graph includes a first set of at least one node, determining whether a second set of at least one node from the first set meets the threshold, and removing the at least one node of the second set concurrently from the graph upon determining that the at least one node of the second…

Cross-platform interface for a television device

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9654839
A method for providing an interface for a television device is provided, including the following method operations: identifying available services for consumption on a television device, wherein the available services include two or more of a broadcast television service, an on-demand video service, and an internet content service; determining a current date and time; determining content items available for consumption from each of the available services at the current date and time;…

Method and apparatus for facilitating message selection and organization

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9645710
One or more messages may be selected and grouped and one or more group-level actions may be initiated for the group, such that the group-level action is performed on each message in the group. Each message in a group shares the at least one attribute value. A messaging user interface may comprise a listing of the set of messages and a message group display portion that displays one or more message groups and a group-level toolbar comprising a selectable indicator for each group-level…

Disaggregation to isolate users for ad targeting

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646327
Targeting advertisements to a specific user includes steps or acts of: identifying an area of interest that includes a plurality of users using the Internet; logging each Internet request from the plurality of users; aggregating data regarding each Internet request to reveal use patterns; and disaggregating the data according to the use patterns to match the Internet use pattern with the specific user, thus identifying the specific user with each Internet request.

Method and system for displaying online advertisements

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639845
A system and method for increasing displaying time of online advertisements. Upon receiving a search request including one or more search terms, a search engine may identify a list of search results and display the search results on one side of a result page. The search engine may also obtain a list of advertisements and display the list of advertisements on the other side of the result page. When a user scrolls down to look at search results at a lower portion of the result page, the…

Dwell-time based generation of a user interest profile

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633017
A method is provided for building a user interest profile. According to the method, features of each of a plurality of articles are identified. For a given user, views of one or more of the plurality of articles are logged. For each view, a corresponding dwell time for the view by the given user is measured. A weight is applied to each view based on the corresponding measured dwell time. User interest scores for features of the articles are determined based on the weighted views, and the…

Socializing via search

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633113
Implementations of methods, apparatuses, or systems are disclosed to facilitate search related communications. In at least one implementation, a method may include processing search queries based at least in part on one or more search query parameters to identify candidate search queries for an exchange of related communications, wherein candidate search queries originate from different special purpose computing system resources and/or different users.

Content ranking based on user features in content

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633119
Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for providing a personalized news stream to a user. One method includes an operation for identifying user features associated with a user. The user features include personal features and social features. The personal features are based on activities of the user and the profile of the user. The social features are based on information about social connections of the user. The method further includes operations for extracting content…

Real time object scanning using a mobile phone and cloud-based visual search engine

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633272
A system for tagging an object comprises and interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive an image. The processor is configured to determine a key frame. Determining a key frame comprises determining that the image is stable. The processor is configured to determine a tag for an item in the key frame.

User feed data delivery

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633354
A system for delivering user specific data comprises a web browser, an application server, and a content server. The browser receives an identification associated with a user profile and transmits a login message to the application server. The application server receives the login message, determines the profile associated with the login message and the feeds or searches associated with the determined profile. Next, the application server queries the content server for data associated…

Recommendation of television content

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635401
A method for recommending television content is provided, including the following operations: identifying available television channels for a television device; determining a current date and time; identifying a plurality of content items broadcast on the available television channels at approximately the current date and time; determining a device profile associated with the television device, the device profile being time-dependent; determining recommended content items from the…

Selecting sporting events based on event status

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626686
Accessing one or more sets of sporting event data, each of which being associated with a particular one of one or more sporting events, and each of which comprising one or more sporting event data that indicate at least current event status of the associated sporting event at a current time. For each of the sporting events, calculating a value by applying the set of sporting event data associated with the sporting event to one or more algorithms, each of which having been determined for…

System and method for a task management library to execute map-reduce applications in a map-reduce framework

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619291
An improved system and method for a task management library to execute map-reduce applications is provided. A map-reduce application may be operably coupled to a task manager library and a map-reduce library on a client device. The task manager library may include a wrapper application programming interface that provides application programming interfaces invoked by a wrapper to parse data input values of the map-reduce application. The task manager library may also include a…

System and method to enable private conversations around content

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621503
Methods, system and computer readable medium for allowing a user to participate in an online private conversation for a head content includes detecting a selection of the content published on a website hosted by a host. A conversation interface is provided for initiating a private conversation within a context of the content. A comment related to the content is provided and one or more users are selected, using the conversation interface. The selected users are socially related to the…

Information providing apparatus, information providing method, and network system

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621622
An information providing apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a receiving unit and a distribution unit. The receiving unit receives an access request for accessing first content from a terminal apparatus used by a first user. The distribution unit distributes, to the terminal apparatus, the first content including link information which is posted by a second user related to the first user in a predetermined communication service among pieces of link information…

Peer-to-peer architecture for web traffic management

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621648
Techniques are provided for a peer-to-peer web traffic management. A first mapping between identifiers and peers in a network is established. Upon receiving a first request associated with a first identifier and classifiers, based, at least in part, on the first identifier, a first peer retrieves a first global counter snapshot and a first local increment counter, and uses them to determine whether the first peer can service the first request. If the determination is positive, then the…