Facebook Patent Applications

TECHNIQUES FOR SHARING A DEVICE LOCATION VIA A MESSAGING SYSTEM

Granted: October 3, 2019
Application Number: 20190306658
A computer-implemented method may include receiving, in a messaging client executing on a first client device, a location request from a second client device; determining whether the second client device is authorized to send the location request to the first client device; starting a timer in response to receiving the location request when the second client device is authorized; and sending a location of the first client device to the second client device when the timer expires. Other…

Bandwidth Allocation

Granted: January 17, 2019
Application Number: 20190021042
Apparatuses, methods, and systems for allocating capacity for links of a multi-hop distributed network are disclosed. One method includes allocating capacity, by a central controller, for each link of a plurality of links of a sector of a wireless network based at least in part on a number of devices directly or indirectly wirelessly connected to the sector, providing the allocated capacity for each link to the sector, and adjusting, by the sector, the allocated capacity for at least one…

TECHNIQUES FOR COORDINATING A MESSAGING EXPERIENCE ACROSS PLATFORMS

Granted: May 17, 2018
Application Number: 20180139167
Techniques for coordinating a message experience across platforms are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging application operative on a processor circuit to receive a request from a remote web browser to login to the messaging application. The messaging application may comprise an access code generator to generate a first access code and present the first access code on a messaging application website; an authenticator to receive a second access code from a…

TECHNIQUES TO SHARE APPLICATION DATA THROUGH A MESSAGING SYSTEM

Granted: April 26, 2018
Application Number: 20180113753
Techniques to share application data through a messaging system are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a message package from a messaging service at a messaging client on a client device, the message package addressed from a source messaging account and addressed to a recipient messaging account, the recipient messaging account associated with the messaging client on the client device; extract an application data payload…

TECHNIQUES FOR MOBILE DEVICE PERSONALIZATION

Granted: February 8, 2018
Application Number: 20180041627
Techniques for mobile device personalization are described. In an embodiment, user credentials for an online service are received at a mobile device kiosk. The user credentials may be authenticated and, upon authentication, user data associated with the user credentials may be transferred to a mobile device of the mobile device kiosk. The user data may be transferred between the mobile device kiosk and a wireless transmitter embedded on a printed circuit board (PCB) of the mobile device.…

TECHNIQUES FOR MANAGING GROUPS ON A MOBILE PLATFORM

Granted: January 18, 2018
Application Number: 20180020004
Techniques for managing groups on a mobile platform, comprising a mobile groups application. The mobile groups application including a groups management component to manage at least one group for a corresponding social networking application of a social networking system; and a groups rendering component to render a groups user interface (UI) view comprising at least one selectable group user interface element representative of the at least one group, the at least one selectable group UI…

TECHNIQUES TO SELECTIVELY CAPTURE VISUAL MEDIA USING A SINGLE INTERFACE ELEMENT

Granted: January 11, 2018
Application Number: 20180013956
Techniques to selectively capture media using a single user interface element are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a touch controller, a visual media capture component, and a storage component. The touch controller may be operative to receive a haptic engagement signal. The visual media capture component may be operative to be configured in a capture mode based on whether a haptic disengagement signal is received by the touch controller before expiration of a first…

TECHNIQUES FOR REPLICATION OF A CLIENT DATABASE TO REMOTE DEVICES

Granted: January 4, 2018
Application Number: 20180004828
Techniques for replication of a client database to remote devices are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a server database management component operative to receive a collection subscription command from a client device at a database synchronization system, the collection subscription command specifying an object collection; and detect a collection change for the object collection; and an update queue management component operative to register the client device for…

TECHNIQUES FOR DATABASE REPLICATION BETWEEN CLIENT DEVICES

Granted: January 4, 2018
Application Number: 20180004829
Techniques for database replication between client devices are described. In another embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a local database management component operative to send a collection subscription command from a client device to a database synchronization system, the collection subscription command specifying an object collection; and update a local database store for the object collection on the client device using a collection update; and a local queue component operative to…

TARGET PHRASE CLASSIFIER

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371865
Exemplary embodiments relate to detecting, removing, and/or replacing objectionable words and phrases in a machine-generated translation. A classifier identifies translations containing target words or phrases. The classifier may be applied to the output translation to remove target words and phrases from the translation, or to prevent target words and phrases from being automatically presented. Further, the classifier may be applied to a translation model to prevent the target words and…

LANGUAGE MODEL USING REVERSE TRANSLATIONS

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371866
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for improving machine translation systems. The machine translation system may apply one or more models for translating material from a source language into a destination language. The models are initially trained using training data. According to exemplary embodiments, supplemental training data is used to train the models, where the supplemental training data uses in-domain material to improve the quality of output translations. In-domain data…

IDENTIFYING RISKY TRANSLATIONS

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371867
Exemplary embodiments provide techniques for evaluating when words or phrases of a translation were generated with a low degree of confidence, and conveying this information when the translation is presented. For example, if a source language word is encountered in source material for translation, but the source language word was only encountered a few times (or not at all) in the training data used to train the translation system, then the resulting translation may be flagged as being…

OPTIMIZING MACHINE TRANSLATIONS FOR USER ENGAGEMENT

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371868
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for improving a machine translation system. The machine translation system may include one or more models for generating a translation. The system may generate multiple candidate translations, and may present the candidate translations to different groups of users, such as users of a social network. User engagement with the different candidate translations may be measured, and the system may determine which of the candidate translations was most…

CROWD-MATCHING TRANSLATORS

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371869
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for selecting translators willing to provide high-quality translations for a cause, organization, or individual. Users having a high level of engagement with the cause, organization, or individual may be identified as translator candidates. For example, the user may actively engage with the organization or individual on social media, or may be interested in the topics discussed in the source document. The translators may be evaluated based on…

MACHINE TRANSLATION SYSTEM EMPLOYING CLASSIFIER

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170371870
Exemplary embodiments relate to detecting, removing, and/or replacing objectionable words and phrases in a machine-generated translation. A classifier identifies translations containing target words or phrases. The classifier may be applied to the output translation to remove target words and phrases from the translation, or to prevent target words and phrases from being automatically presented. Further, the classifier may be applied to a translation model to prevent the target words and…

Methods and Systems for Maintaining Reachability of a Messaging Application

Granted: December 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170374075
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for the atomic switching of user accounts for a messaging client, in order to maintain constant network availability of the messaging client. The messaging client may allow the registering of multiple messaging accounts and switching between them. Switching may include validating a selecting account, logging out the currently-active account if validation is successful, and logging in the selected account. If validation or logging-in fails, the…

TECHNIQUES TO USE OPERATING SYSTEM REDIRECTION FOR NETWORK STREAM TRANSFORMATION OPERATIONS

Granted: December 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170366508
Techniques to use operating system redirection for network stream transformation operations are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a network stream component operative to receive a network stream, the network stream associated with an application on a device; modify the network stream to generate a modified network stream; and send the modified network stream through an operating system for the device; and a local virtual private network component operative on the…

Methods and Systems for Distinguishing Messages in a Group Conversation

Granted: December 7, 2017
Application Number: 20170351385
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for introducing asynchronous messaging concepts into a synchronous messaging system. As a conversation is carried out, different topics may be identified and highlighted as separate threads within the conversation. A new thread may be identified based on a number of factors, including (for example) time between messages, questions raised in a communication, discussions of dates, the inclusion of links, and any mentions of specific names. The…

Methods and Systems for Displaying Messages in an Asynchronous Order

Granted: December 7, 2017
Application Number: 20170353414
Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for introducing asynchronous messaging concepts into a synchronous messaging system. As a conversation is carried out, different topics may be identified and highlighted as separate threads within the conversation. A new thread may be identified based on a number of factors, including (for example) time between messages, questions raised in a communication, discussions of dates, the inclusion of links, and any mentions of specific names. Further…

TECHNIQUES FOR EPHEMERAL MESSAGING WITH REMOTE EPHEMERAL MODE CONFIGURATION

Granted: December 7, 2017
Application Number: 20170353416
Techniques for ephemeral messaging with remote ephemeral mode configuration are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a messaging component operative to receive a messaging update at a messaging client on the client device from a messaging system; determine a message thread associated with the messaging update; and determine that the messaging update indicates a transition to an ephemeral mode for the message thread; and a user interface component operative to configure…