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12/31/15 / #20150381682

Podcasts in personalized content streams

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. ... Yahoo Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379571

Systems and methods for search retargeting using directed distributed query word representations

A system stored in a non-transitory medium executable by processor circuitry is provided for generating retargeting keywords based on distributed query word representations. The system includes one or more system databases storing historical web search data. ... Yahoo Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379152

Method and system for automatic generation of personalized applications

Disclosed is a system, method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium for creating personalized instantiations of an app. User input is accepted to create, by a computing device, a personalized instantiation of an app, the app comprising a home screen, the creating of the personalized instantiation occurring by generating a deep linked shortcut on the home screen of the app that links into the app with parameters to configure the app into the personalized instantiation of the app. ... Yahoo Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379134

Recommended query formulation

Briefly, embodiments disclosed herein may relate to formulating recommended search queries. Search query recommendations may be based, at least in part, on multiple user searches performed at least in part in response to consumption of publicly available content, for example.. ... Yahoo Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379079

Personalizing query rewrites for ad matching

Systems and methods for rewriting queries based on data features are disclosed. A data source contains a history of queries and results associated with the queries. ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373065

Gestures for sharing content between multiple devices

Methods and systems for sharing content includes detecting selection of multimedia content at a first device. The selection causes automatic rendition of the selected multimedia content on a display portion of the first device. ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150372966

System and method for address based locations

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. ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150372486

Multimode distribution systems and methods for providing power from power sources to power consuming devices

Multimode distribution systems and methods are described. A multimode distribution system includes a first source interface for coupling to a first power source, a second source interface for coupling to a second power source, and a first selection device to be coupled via a first connection matrix and the first source interface with the first power source to provide main power to one or more power consumption devices. ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371149

Calculation device, calculation method, and recording medium

A calculation device includes an adding unit configured to add at least one new node to a network, which has multiple nodes that output results of calculations on input data are connected and which learned a feature of data belonging to a first subclass contained in a predetermined class. The calculation device includes an accepting unit configured to accept, as input data, training data belonging to a second subclass contained in the predetermined class. ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371133

Providing device, providing method, and recording medium

A providing device according to an embodiment includes a registration unit that registers a learning device, in which nodes that output results of calculations on input data are connected and which extracts a feature corresponding to a predetermined type from the input data, an accepting unit that accepts designation of a type of a feature, a providing unit that selects a learning device that extracts a feature corresponding to the type of the feature accepted by the accepting unit among the learning device registered by the registration unit, and provides a new learning device generated based on the selected learning device, and a calculation unit that calculates a price to be paid to a seller provided the learning device selected by the providing unit.. . ... Yahoo Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370815

Digital image and content display systems and methods

Disclosed herein are systems and methods for displaying images and contextually relevant content on a digital content platform, such as a web page. In one embodiment, for example, the systems and methods include receiving a request for content call from an end-user device, identifying content that is contextually relevant to the image, delivering the content to the end-user device, and delivering a computer-readable instruction that causes the end-user device to perform an animation that displays the content in a spatial relationship with respect to the image as originally published. ... Yahoo Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363631

User identification on a per touch basis on touch sensitive devices

Techniques for communicating particular information from a user to a touch screen device by way of a touch event is provided. Sensors that are operatively coupled to a sensing device sense an input from the user which conveys particular information. ... Yahoo Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363509

Entity generation using queries

Disclosed are embodiments of methods and/or systems for introducing new entities into a knowledge graph based at least in part on patterns of queries and/or use cases.. . ... Yahoo Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363421

Directories in distributed file systems

Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of providing services in a distributed file system are disclosed. For one embodiment, as an example, a system may be capable of forming server-side mount tables comprising hierarchically organized namespaces. ... Yahoo Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356595

Elasticity of engagement to ad quality

Described herein are solutions for determining quality of online ads and matching the ads to content so that the content is not devalued by the ads. Such solutions may also identify relationships between ads and their influence on user engagement with host content. ... Yahoo Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355927

Automatic virtual machine resizing to optimize resource availability

In one embodiment, a configuration associated with an application may be ascertained, where the configuration indicates a number of instances and a first instance type. Requests associated with the application may be routed among two or more sets of instances, where each of the two or more sets of instances have a different, corresponding instance type of two or more instance types including the first instance type. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350132

Method and system for predicting future email

Disclosed is a system, method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium for predicting future messages. A processor receives a message sent to a user operating a client device, analyzes the message in light of previously identified patterns and scores assigned to scanned messages, determines a future message that should be received by the client device based on the received message, and transmits an item of information based on the determined future message.. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350116

System and method for email pre-delivery

Disclosed is a system and method for automatically pre-delivering messages such as emails that satisfy a certain criteria. Upon a received email satisfying certain criteria conforming to a pattern, an appropriate rule is triggered which pre-delivers an email(s) to other appropriate inboxes. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348107

Systems and methods for advertising using sponsored verbs and contexts

A system stored in a non-transitory medium executable by processor circuitry is provided for generating sponsored verbs and contexts. The system includes interface circuitry for receiving a search query from a user device and query processing circuitry for identifying search results comprising entity search result objects and non-entity search result objects related to the search query. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348086

Methods and systems for ad placement planning

Methods and systems are disclosed which allow shifting inventory to fulfill guaranteed delivery advertisement contracts. Inventory may be allocated from a supply of unallocated inventory to one or more advertisers in accordance with guaranteed delivery agreements. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347591

Information matching and match validation

Disclosed herein is a matching of multiple different social graphs to generate a combined social graph. Such a combined social graph may be searched and used in determining information to provide to a user, for example. ... Yahoo Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347439

Incremental data processing

Event logs in a video advertisement insertion network are processed to remove duplicate entries. One or more ad servers are continuously generating new event entries and writing them to a database. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341433

Peer-to-peer architecture for web traffic management

Techniques are provided for a peer-to-peer web traffic management. A first mapping between identifiers and peers in a network is established. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339730

Real time debugging in online video advertisement system

Techniques for monitoring an online video advertisement system include receiving a request for insertion of an online video advertisement, determining, selectively based on presence of a debug suffix, whether the request includes a debug request, performing a bidding auction to select a winning bid, and sending debug information, in response to the request, upon determination that the request includes the debug request. The debug data includes bid data received during the bidding auction. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339720

System and method for targeting users for content delivery

Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for targeting users for content provision. In one method, the method receives at a server, one or more content objects and one or more zip+4 codes as targeting parameters for the one or more content objects. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339707

System and method for event triggered search results

Disclosed is a system and method for displaying search results upon the occurrence or detection of an event and/or time-delay. The present provides a user with the ability to view search results upon satisfaction of an event trigger or specified time delay (e.g., a rule). ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339590

Synthetic question formulation

Briefly, embodiments disclosed herein may relate to formulating synthetic questions, such as in response to a search query, for example. Candidate synthetic questions may be presented to a user who may initiate a search at least in part by selecting one or more candidate synthetic questions, for example, in an embodiment.. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339381

Content recommendations

Users consume a wide variety of content from various sources, such as videos accessible through websites. As provided herein, content recommendations that are contextually and/or semantically relevant to current content consumed by a user may be identified and provided to the user. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339289

Media event structure and context identification using short messages

The present disclosure is descriptive of discovering structure, content, and context of a media event, e.g., a live media event, using real-time discussions that unfold through short messaging services. Generally, a sampling of short messages of a plurality of users is obtained. ... Yahoo Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339275

Rendering of on-line content

Example methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture are disclosed that may be implemented, in whole or in part, using one or more computing devices to facilitate and/or support one or more processes and/or operations for rendering of on-line content, such as via a browser, for example.. . ... Yahoo Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334104

Navigation bridge

Described herein is a system that can link multiple electronic media production and/or publication applications. The linking of the multiple applications may be facilitated through a browser. ... Yahoo Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332322

Entity sponsorship within a modular search object framework

A modular search object framework can provide modular search results including sponsored entity search results. The framework includes circuitry that outputs an interactive entity section based on an online search. ... Yahoo Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331575

Method and system for intent centric multi-facet content presentation

Methods, systems, and programming for presenting personalized content. In one example, a plurality pieces of content are retrieved in accordance with an estimated intent determined with respect to a user. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324603

Social network site including trust-based wiki functionality

A social network site with enhanced user interaction functionality. In particular implementations, a method includes receiving, at a social network site, a request from a first user for a personal page corresponding to a second user; transmitting a response to the request, wherein the response comprises the requested personal page of the second user, wherein the personal page comprises one or more controls that enable modification of the personal page; responsive to an activation of the one or more controls by the first user, determining if the first user is included in a group of trusted users associated with the second user, wherein the group of trusted users are permitted to modify the personal page of the second user; and conditionally storing data characterizing modification of the personal page by the first user.. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324430

Behavioral targeting system that generates user profiles for target objectives

A behavioral targeting system determines user profiles from online activity. The system includes a plurality of models that define parameters for determining a user profile score. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324385

System and method for applying an efficient data compression scheme to url parameters

Disclosed is a system and methods for data compression and decompression. The systems and methods discussed herein include an encoder, dictionary, decoder, literal string and control output. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324362

Method and system for measuring user engagement with content items

Method, system, and programs for measuring user engagement with content items. In one example, a query is received. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324361

Method and system for evaluating user satisfaction with respect to a user session

Methods, systems and programming for evaluating user satisfaction with respect to a user session are presented. In one example, one or more queries in a use session are received from a user. ... Yahoo Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324271

Method and system for measuring user engagement with content items

Method, system, and programs for measuring user engagement with content items. In one example, a query is received. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319224

Method and system for presenting personalized content

Method and system for presenting content, is provided. A range with respect to a presenting device is determined. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317945

Systems and methods for generating tinted glass effect for interface controls and elements

A system stored in a non-transitory medium executable by processor circuitry is provided for generating a tinted glass visual effect. The system includes interface circuitry configured to receive a search query and query processing circuitry configured to identify a content item related to the search query and to retrieve data for the content item. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317685

Virtual billboard display on a mobile device

A method, system, and apparatus are directed to providing advertising information to a mobile device over a network. A request is received from the mobile device. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317365

Modular search object framework

A modular search object framework provides modular search results including entity and non-entity search results. The framework includes circuitry that outputs an interactive entity section based on an online search. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317354

Intent based search results associated with a modular search object framework

A modular search object framework provides modular search results including entity search results reflecting the intent of a searcher. Also, an interface (such as a graphical user interface provided by the framework), aids in organizing results (such as links, titles, and description) according to the intent of the user as manifest in the search query and interactions with the interface. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317319

Enhanced search results associated with a modular search object framework

A modular search object framework provides modular search results, including entity and non-entity search results, with search suggestions in a combined visual display. The framework includes circuitry that outputs search results and search suggestions comprising perceivable differences between the results and the suggestions. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317317

Method and system for providing query suggestions including entities

Methods, systems and programming for providing query suggestions including entities. In one example, a prefix of a query is first received. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317316

Method and system for user selection of query suggestions

Methods, systems and programming for providing a search result based on user selection of query suggestions. In one example, a query is received from a user. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317310

Method and system for evaluating query suggestions quality

Methods, systems and programming for evaluating query suggestions quality. In one example, a plurality of query suggestions are provided in a ranking to a user. ... Yahoo Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317308

Technique for processing data in a network

A technique for processing data in a network is disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the technique may be realized as a method for processing data in a network having a plurality of network stations. ... Yahoo Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310491

Dynamic text ads based on a page knowledge graph

In one embodiment, location information indicating a region of a web page with which a user is interacting may be obtained. Contextual information pertaining to the region of the web page with which the user is interacting may be ascertained. ... Yahoo Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310487

Systems and methods for commercial query suggestion

Systems and methods for commercial query suggestion are disclosed. The system includes a database including search logs. ... Yahoo Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310058

Opportunistically solving search use cases

In one embodiment, a search query may be obtained. A set of one or more use cases may be determined based, at least in part, upon the search query. ... Yahoo Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310018

Social media based content selection system

A method for selecting a social media network user. The method comprises obtaining one or more parameters indicative of quality of social media network content from the social media network user, ranking the social media network user based on the one or more parameters, and determining whether the social media network user is selected based on the ranking.. ... Yahoo Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310016

Method and system for entity recognition in a query

Methods, systems and programming for entity recognition in a query. In one example, an index that associates an alias with one or more entities is obtained. ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304447

User specific visual identity control across multiple platforms

A content-generating user is enabled to set visible attributes for a content item from any device so that the content item maintains a uniform look and feel across the various platforms. The visible attributes set by the generating user are stored in the user's profile on a user profile database. ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304367

System and method for providing users feedback regarding their reading habits

Content items are provided to users and their interactions with the provided content items are recorded in respective user profiles. The users' interactions thus recorded over time are analyzed to determine if the users have a balanced information intake. ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302102

Search information providing apparatus and search information providing method

An information searching apparatus according to an embodiment includes a receiving unit that receives a search request including a search keyword; an acquiring unit that acquires information corresponding to a specific search keyword from an information storage unit when the search keyword included in the search request is the specific search keyword; a generating unit that generates a search result page for displaying a search result and a background image based on the information acquired by the acquiring unit; and a transmitting unit that transmits the search result page generated by the generating unit to a request source.. . ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302099

Automated recommendations based on historic location-preference information

Techniques are described for providing automated recommendations of real-world locations, such as businesses, for users to visit based at least in part on historical location-preference information. The historical location-preference information used by the recommendation system may include the historical location-preference information of the person that requests the recommendation, other people explicitly identified as participants by the requestor, and/or other people implicitly determined to be participants. ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302088

Method and system for providing personalized content

Method and system for providing content are provided. A request for content is received from a user. ... Yahoo Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301990

User specific visual identity control across multiple platforms

A content-generating user is enabled to set visible attributes for a content item from any device so that the content item maintains a uniform look and feel across the various platforms. The visible attributes set by the generating user are stored in the user's profile on a user profile database. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150279390

System and method for summarizing a multimedia content item

A multimedia content item is summarized based on its audio track and a desired compression budget. The audio track is extracted and processed by an automatic speech recognizer to obtain a time-aligned text transcript. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278909

Techniques for improving diversity and privacy in connection with use of recommendation systems

Techniques are provided that include determining recommendations, of items, to be provided to users, based on information that may include social graph information. Techniques may be used prior to recommendation determination, or afterwards to modify initially determined recommendations. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278883

Xpath related and other techniques for use in native advertisement placement

Techniques are provided that include obtaining a document object model of an html document. A configuration xpath is obtained identifying, as of a configuration time, a node within the document object model as a native advertisement placement candidate container. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278877

User engagement-based contextually-dependent automated reserve price for non-guaranteed delivery advertising auction

A system for adjusting reserve price for impressions of non-guaranteed delivery (“ndg”) auctions includes a processor to retrieve a publishers' reserve price for an impression that is finable by eligible advertisements (“ads”) streamed to users in a display content stream; and to retrieve dwell time information for users that engage them. A data aggregator aggregates ads into different groups of different display and online campaign contexts. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278847

Xpath related and other techniques for use in native advertisement placement

Techniques are provided that include obtaining a document object model of an html document, such as a web page of a publisher. Elements of the document object model may be identified that are associated with native advertisement placement candidate containers. ... Yahoo Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278387

Content guided techniques for use in native advertisement placement

Techniques are provided that include obtaining a document object model of an html document, such as a web page of a publisher. Elements of the document object model may be identified that are associated with native advertisement placement candidate containers. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271532

Delivery device and delivery method

A delivery device according to the present disclosure includes a receiving unit and a delivering unit. The receiving unit receives a user attribute of a user using a space in which an output device is installed for each user. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271129

Instant messaging interoperability between disparate service providers

An apparatus for facilitating instant messaging communications between clients of different instant messaging service provider networks is provided. The apparatus includes translation logic for translating received communications related to an instant messaging service, the received communications associated with an external instant messaging service provider network and formatted according to a secondary protocol. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269622

Movement controller, movement control method, and movement control system

A movement controller includes a search unit, a determination unit and an instruction unit. The search unit searches for locations of information provision target candidate. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269613

Network-adaptive ad modality selection

A method for adjusting delivery of electronic advertisement to a user device. The method comprises receiving a request for an electronic advertisement asset, where the request includes one or more indicators associated with at least one of the user device and at least one network condition in relation to the user device and determining a modality of delivery of the electronic advertisement asset based on the one or more indicators. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269608

Advertisement distribution system, advertisement distribution control apparatus, and advertisement distribution control method

An advertisement distribution control apparatus according to an embodiment includes a view count determination unit and a distribution/non-distribution decision unit. The view count determination unit determines the number of views of content information being distributed. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269178

System and method for enhanced accuracy cardinality estimation

Techniques are provided for improving the accuracy of analytics on big data using sketches and fixed-size buckets. In a technique for enhancing a unique count (cardinality) estimate of a large data set, a request for a cardinality estimate for the large data set is received. ... Yahoo Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269122

Computation through array decomposition

Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of computation via array decomposition are disclosed. For one embodiment, as an example, a system may be capable of implementation of an advertising audience overlap analysis dashboard in which for an audience exceeding 100 million users and exceeding 10,000 user groups. ... Yahoo Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264565

Machine biometrics by the use of dynamic benchmarks

In one embodiment, a request may be transmitted to a mobile device, where the request identifies one or more actions. An indication of a first time value may be received from the mobile device, where the first time value indicates a time that it has taken for the mobile device to perform the one or more actions. ... Yahoo Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262037

Visual recognition using social links

System, method and architecture for providing improved visual recognition by modeling visual content, semantic content and an implicit social network representing individuals depicted in a collection of content, such as visual images, photographs, etc. Which network may be determined based on co-occurrences of individuals represented by the content, and/or other data linking the individuals. ... Yahoo Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261752

Personalized criteria-based media organization

Personalized criteria-based media organization is provided. Digital media items are organized into one or more albums. ... Yahoo Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254714

Systems and methods for keyword suggestion

The present disclosure provides a system and method for suggesting a bidding keyword to an advertiser. The system includes a non-transitory processor-readable storage medium comprising a set of instructions for suggesting a bidding keyword to an advertiser; and a processor in communication with the storage medium. ... Yahoo Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254520

Techniques including url recognition and applications

Methods are systems are provided that include obtaining a digital image from a digital photograph, such as may be taken by a digital camera or a camera phone. The digital image includes, for example, a uri or url, which may be contained within a visible frame. ... Yahoo Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254246

Methods and systems for ranking items on a presentation area based on binary outcomes

A method includes accessing a number of cards from a database. The cards are ranked in the database based on a test conducted on a number of users. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249633

System and method for email notification

A system and method for generating a notification email within the framework of standard email messaging protocols employs custom headers providing a short, informative notification of the subject of the email.. . ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248785

3-dimensional augmented reality markers

In one embodiment, a first perspective of a three-dimensional marker may be detected, where the three-dimensional marker has a shape that presents a different appearance from every angle. A first three-dimensional virtual overlay corresponding to the first perspective of the three-dimensional marker may be identified or generated. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248712

Systems and methods for providing mobile advertisements

Systems and methods for providing mobile advertisements are disclosed. The system includes a plurality of templates to be selected by an advertiser. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248708

Data processing device and data processing method

A data processing device according to the present application includes a reception unit, a first memory unit, a second memory unit, and a storage unit. The reception unit receives user information relating to a user using a user terminal by being triggered upon an access of the user terminal to an information providing device. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248491

Data processing device and data processing method

A data processing device according to the present application includes an acquisition unit and a generation unit. The acquisition unit acquires first user information that includes a behavior history of a user. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248479

Restoring program information for clips of broadcast programs shared online

To restore context information about a clip that was sampled from a broadcast program, the clip is identified by matching a digital fingerprint of the clip against a database of known digital fingerprints taken from broadcast programs. If the clip can be identified, it is then associated with information about the matching broadcast program. ... Yahoo Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248426

Method and system for retrieving user-specific information

Method, system, and programs for retrieving user-specific information. In one example, an environment factor associated with a user is obtained. ... Yahoo Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244577

Method of queuing signals

Example methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture are disclosed that may be implemented, in whole or in part, using one or more computing devices to implement a queuing system with an adjustable scalability/reliability level.. . ... Yahoo Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242886

Ad impression availability and associated adjustment values

A system can provide ad impression availability for one or more audience segments or at least part of an ad campaign. The system can also adjust such ad impression availability at different stages of ad production, booking, and delivery, such as at a time immediately prior to serving an ad impression or at a time of presenting ad impression availability to an advertiser at booking of ad impressions. ... Yahoo Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242419

Localized selectable location and/or time for search queries and/or search query results

Briefly, embodiments of methods or systems providing a mobile device user with localized and/or time-selectable search query terms and/or search results are provided.. . ... Yahoo Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234806

Automated summary and action generation for identified events

Disclosed herein is system, method and architecture to process information received in electronic messages, including identifying events in the lives of users from the information contained in one or more such electronic messages.. . ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230083

Remote profile modification for device recovery assist

A system is provided for recovering a mobile device by enabling an authorized user to remotely change the profile of the device to assist others in returning the device to the user. Initially, a user registers the mobile device with a recovery assist server. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229683

Social network site including interactive digital objects

A social network site with enhanced user interaction functionality. In one implementation, a method includes providing a personal page corresponding to a first user, wherein the personal page includes a digital pet module region comprising a representation of an animate object, an indicator of a current state of the animate object, an action selector control, and an action history comprising a user identifier of a previous user and an action selected by the previous user using the action selector control; receiving an indication of a selected action from a current user; modifying the state of a digital pet object based on the selected action; and causing a browser client to render the digital pet module region, the modified state, and an updated action history including an identification of the current user and the action selected by the user.. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229603

Uri service system and method

A uri-redirection via machine-scannable-code system and method are provided herein.. . ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229595

Systems and methods for spam filtering

Systems and methods to reduce false positives in spam filtering. In one aspect, a method includes automatically generating profiles for persons identified in messages, such as incoming and outgoing emails. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227849

Method and system for invariant pattern recognition

An adaptive pattern recognition system optimizes an invariance objective and an input fidelity objective to accurately recognize input patterns in the presence of arbitrary input transformations. A fixed state or value of a feature output can nonlinearly reconstruct or generate multiple spatially distant input patterns and respond similarly to multiple spatially distant input patterns, while preserving the ability to efficiently evaluate the input fidelity objective. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227628

Recursive unique user metrics in real time

A system can provide unique user metrics associated with a node in a hierarchy and the node's decedents in real time. This can occur by merging sketches of the node and its decedents to form a merged sketch, and retrieving the unique user metrics from the merged sketch. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227609

Automatic group formation and group detection through media recognition

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically forming a group to share a media file or adding the media file to an existing group. The method and system includes receiving, by a processor, a media file comprising an image, identifying, by the processor, the face of a first person in the image and the face of a second person in the image, identifying, by the processor, a first profile of the first person from the face of the first person and a second profile of the second person from the face of the second person, automatically forming, by the processor, a group of recipients in a messaging application, the forming of the group of recipients based on the first profile and the second profile, the group of recipients comprising the first person and the second person; and sharing, by the processor, the media file with the group.. ... Yahoo Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227608

System and method for performing set operations with defined sketch accuracy distribution

Techniques are provided for improving the speed and accuracy of analytics on big data using theta sketches, by converting fixed-size sketches to theta sketches, and by performing set operations on sketches. In a technique for performing a set operation, two sketches are analyzed to identify the maximum value of each sketch. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222961

Tracking and measurement enhancements in a real-time advertisement bidding system

Using the disclosed technology, a client device can receive a response from a real-time bidding engine of a real time bidding advertisement insertion system. The response includes information related to a video advertisement to be played by a video player at the client device. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222719

Defining a social network model implied by communications data

Systems and methods to define a social network for a user using data implied by communications of the user with others. In one embodiment, a method includes scanning messages to identify persons addressed in the messages; computing scores of the persons to determine a relevancy of each person; receiving, by a first computing device, a request from a computer program running on a second computing device; in response to the request from the computer program, providing access to friend data for the persons, the computer program to provide services based on the friend data; and sending the friend data to the second computing device. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222693

Throttled scanning for optimized compression of network communicated data

A system can throttle compression of instrumentation data related to a page view, by throttled scanning processes. Then that data can be communication over the internet to a server effectively. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222493

Dynamic streaming content provided by a client-side application

A system can stream content items and ad items to a user interface of a client-side application (such as a web browser) without refreshing the user interface and by requesting such items from a local cache and/or a remote cache associated with the client-side application or the user interface. The remote cache can operate much like a local cache for the client-side application or the user interface. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220994

Inserting a search box into a mobile terminal dialog messaging protocol

A method, system, and computer program product for inserting a search box into a mobile terminal messaging dialog. Upon receiving a dialog message (e.g., an email message) from a first user device, the method determines the format (e.g., imap) of the dialog message in order to insert a similarly-formatted search box. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220968

Delivery device, delivery method, facility device, and delivery system

A delivery device according to the present disclosure includes a submission receiving unit, a request receiving unit, and a delivering unit. The submission receiving unit receives submission of second content (for example, an advertisement) provided together with first content (for example, a movie) in a facility (for example, a movie theater). ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220967

Delivery device, delivery method, facility device, and delivery system

A delivery device according to the present disclosure includes a providing unit and a delivering unit. The providing unit provides a sales service related to a space (for example, an advertisement space) of second content (for example, an advertisement) provided together with first content (for example, a movie) in a facility (for example, a movie theater) providing the first content. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220950

Active preference learning method and system

A relative labeling approach is disclosed to learn an item preference scoring function to rank items for a user. An iterative process may be used to present a set of items to a user in an interactive user interface, using which the user is asked to identify one of the items in the set that the user prefers over the other items in the set. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220615

Categorizing hash tags

A content item categorizer system retrieves content items from internet sources. If a retrieved content item includes sufficient information for traditional categorization methods, then the system assigns one or more categories to the content item using such traditional methods. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220613

Relationship estimation device and relationship estimation method

Provided are an accompanying detecting unit that detects, on the basis of sensor data acquired by a sensor carried by each of two or more object persons, an accompanying state in which the object persons act together, an active state acquiring unit that acquires, for each object person, multiple pieces of active state data each of which indicates an active state of each of the object persons and that are acquired in accordance with the accompanying state of the object persons detected by the accompanying detecting unit, and an estimating unit that estimates, on the basis of the distances calculated from the multiple active state data on the object persons, the relationship between the object persons.. . ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220502

Compressed serialization of data for communication from a client-side application

A system can effectively compress instrumentation data related to a page view on a client-side application thread (such as a web browser thread) and communicate the compressed data over the internet to a server (such as an analytics server). Leading up to the compression, the system can include data scanning, code building, code encoding, and code serialization. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220427

Terminal device and storage method

A terminal device according to the present application includes an acceptance unit, a detection unit, and a storage unit. The acceptance unit accepts a specifying operation for specifying a piece of content related to a first application. ... Yahoo Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220235

Tracking user interaction with a stream of content

A seemingly infinite and continuous stream of online content can be tracked by a movement tracker that can track an amount of movement of a stream of content. For example, such a movement tracker can track the amount of movement per session of a client-side application, such as per session of a web browser. ... Yahoo Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213515

Method and system for online content match advertising

Method, system, and programs for online content match advertising. In one example, one or more pieces of content are extracted from a stream of content. ... Yahoo Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213509

Real time pacing of online video advertisements

Techniques and systems are provided for fulfilling an advertisement campaign where online advertisements are paced by controlling, in real time, how many advertisements are served to users in a given time interval. Audit information gathered from a viewer's device may also be used to provide input to the real time pacing of advertisements.. ... Yahoo Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213479

Qualitative user assessment in online video advertising

Whether video advertisements are being delivered to a human user or a machine is determined passively, i.e., without having the user to perform any explicit actions. Based on the time and frequency of ad requests generated from a user device, a daily schedule is estimated for the user. ... Yahoo Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206194

Settlement processing apparatus, information processing system, and settlement processing method

A settlement processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a user information storage unit, a first processing unit, a second processing unit, and an advertisement price setting unit. The first processing unit performs a settlement process of setting an amount obtained by deducting a fee of a financial institution from a transaction amount specified by a settlement request as a deposit amount from the financial institution based on identification information of a transaction user. ... Yahoo Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205768

Method and system for identifying and delivering enriched content

Method, system, and programs for identifying and delivering content. In one example, a request for content is first received from a user, via the communication platform. ... Yahoo Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199435

User interface for navigating a keyword space

The present invention relates to systems, methods, and user interfaces for browsing a collection of content items saved by a user or by one or more buddies associated with a given user. The method of the present invention comprises saving one or more content items and one or more associated keywords as specified by a user. ... Yahoo Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199434

System and method for providing contextual actions on a search results page

The present invention provides a method and system for providing targeted applications within a search engine results page. The method and system includes receiving a search query from a user and interpreting the search query. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195620

Interaction with multiple connected devices

Methods and systems for sharing content includes detecting a secondary device that is paired to a main device. The main device is used to render publicly viewable content. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195379

Systems and methods for content delivery

Embodiments of the present disclosure may be utilized to analyze a content item comprising text to identify: a quote, a named entity that is the source of the quote (e.g., a person or organization such as a company), and identification information for the named entity (such as a title of the person giving the quote). Quotes may also be ranked to determine, for example, the best quotes to include in an article.. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195344

Method and system for a scheduled map executor

Method, system, and programs for data processing. In one example, a record is received. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195224

Method and system for classifying man vs. machine generated e-mail

A computer system, computer program product, and computer-implemented method for communicating electronic messages over a communication network coupled thereto are provided. The computer system comprises a network interface for receiving messages sent over the network and addressed to a user of the computer system; and computer executable electronic message processing software. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193540

Content ranking based on user features in content

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. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193495

Systems and methods for quote extraction

Embodiments of the present disclosure may be utilized to analyze a content item comprising text to identify: a quote, a named entity that is the source of the quote (e.g., a person or organization such as a company), and identification information for the named entity (such as a title of the person giving the quote). Quotes may also be ranked to determine, for example, the best quotes to include in an article.. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193493

Lock-free transactional support for large-scale storage systems

Described is a reliable and efficient design for a transactional status oracle (“retso”), which supports large-scale storage systems. Retso uses a centralized scheme and implements snapshot isolation, a property that guarantees that read operations read a consistent snapshot of the data store. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193443

Systems and methods for content processing

Embodiments of the present disclosure may be used to gather, rank, categorize, and perform other processing of various types of content. In some embodiments, content items such as text, images, video, and other content are received from a variety of different sources and are processed to generate an article containing selected content items. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193440

Systems and methods for content processing

Embodiments of the present disclosure may be used to gather, rank, categorize, and perform other processing of various types of content. In some embodiments, content items such as text, images, video, and other content are received from a variety of different sources and are processed to generate an article containing selected content items. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193426

Systems and methods for image processing

Various embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for dynamically modifying images based on the content of articles associated with the images, particularly the emotional content of an article. Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure allow users to quickly and easily identify the emotional nature of an article based on such an image. ... Yahoo Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193122

Systems and methods for delivering task-oriented content

Various embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for delivering various types of content (such as news articles) to users. Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure help provide users with concise articles containing the best content from a variety of sources, and present such content in a task-oriented manner that is finite and incentivizes the user to review the content.. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150189475

Low key point of interest notification

In one embodiment, a location of a mobile device may be obtained. A direction of movement of the mobile device may be ascertained. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186939

Systems and methods for search results targeting

Systems and methods are provided for search results targeting. The system includes a first database including advertiser bidding information and a second database including websites statistics generated by a search engine. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186932

Systems and methods for a unified audience targeting solution

Systems and methods for providing a unified targeting solution are disclosed. The system obtains user data for each user in a user group from a database stored in the non-transitory storage medium. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186672

Photo privacy

In one embodiment, preferences pertaining to an entity may be obtained, where the preferences indicate whether photographing the entity is discouraged. It may be ascertained from the preferences that photographing the entity is discouraged. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186545

Smart content pre-loading on client devices

Software on a client device presents a webpage through a browser. The webpage is from an online content-aggregation website and includes a plurality of panels containing a plurality of content items. ... Yahoo Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186394

Query suggestions

Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems for providing enhancements to search query processing are disclosed.. . ... Yahoo Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180733

Method and system for delivering web page content using edge server

Methods, systems and programming for delivering web page content using edge server. In one example, a request is received from a user for a page including at least a piece of generic content and a plurality pieces of customized content. ... Yahoo Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178790

User engagement-based dynamic reserve price for non-guaranteed delivery advertising auction

A system for adjusting reserve price for impressions of non-guaranteed delivery (“ndg”) advertising auctions includes a processor configured to retrieve a reserve price set by a publisher for an impression that is fillable by eligible advertisements to be streamed to users in a display content stream; and to retrieve user engagement information for users that engage the eligible advertisements. A statistical analyzer applies a statistical function to the user engagement information of an identified advertisement of the eligible advertisements, to generate a user engagement statistic for the identified advertisement related to a user engagement level. ... Yahoo Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178775

Recommending search bid phrases for monetization of short text documents

A system and method for recommending search bid phrases for monetization of short text documents. A dictionary source is used to look up topics related to a short text document. ... Yahoo Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178282

Fast and dynamic targeting of users with engaging content

Methods, systems and programming for targeting users with engaging content. In one example, a metric with respect to a piece of content is measured for each of a plurality of users. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172729

System and method for tagging content and delivering the tag to buddies of a given user

A method comprises retrieving a profile of a given user, the given user having a given-user device; delivering a content item to the given-user device; receiving one or more user-specified tags associated with the content item; identifying one or more buddies of the user as indicated in the profile; and delivering the one or more tags to the one or more buddies.. . ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172369

Method and system for iterative pipeline

Method, system, and programs for data processing. In one example, a record is received. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172144

System and method for facilitating email message reply

A system and method for facilitating email messaging combines the convenience of an auto-fill of the recipient fields in a standard email message with a blank canvas for composing a new, quick reply message. By selecting the quick reply feature that can be provided with the message view screen of an email utility, the user is shown a second user interface with a blank compose screen. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150170650

Systems and methods to present voice message information to a user of a computing device

Systems and methods to process and/or present information relating to voice messages for a user that are received from other persons. In one embodiment, a method implemented in a data processing system includes: receiving first data associated with prior communications or activities for a first user on a mobile device; receiving a voice message for the first user; transcribing the voice message using the first data to provide a transcribed message; and sending the transcribed message to the mobile device for display to the user.. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150170218

Systems and methods for value added in-stream content advertising

A server system may include at least one non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium and at least one processor in communication with the at least one storage medium. The at least one storage medium may include at least one set of instructions for generating a value added in-stream contents (vac) database for ad display. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150169783

Tag aggregator

A system for managing tags on a web page is disclosed. Tags are managed by implementing primary and secondary tags. ... Yahoo Inc

06/18/15 / #20150169606

Contextual based search suggestion

Methods, systems and programming for providing query suggestions based on user's previous search query. In one example, an input including a prefix of a first query is received from a user in a user session. ... Yahoo Inc

06/11/15 / #20150163193

System for tracking diffusion

A tracking system comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored therein data representing instructions executable by a programmed processor is provided. The storage medium of the tracking system includes instructions for receiving a request for content from a device using a first shortened content address, the first shortened content address including a shortened content address base and a first link identifier. ... Yahoo Inc

06/11/15 / #20150161704

Crowdsourcing retail price and location method and system

A crowdsourcing approach is used to collect from contributors, e.g., a large group of consumers, item pricing offered by the sellers from which the contributors have purchased the items. A contributor may provide item pricing information associated with a given store by uploading a receipt from the store, which receipt identifies the item(s) purchased by the contributor and a price for each item purchased, store information, e.g., store name, location, telephone number, etc. ... Yahoo Inc

06/11/15 / #20150161282

Method and system for smart url shortening service

Method, system, and programs for retrieving resources. In one example, a request associated with a first location identifier is received from a client. ... Yahoo Inc

06/11/15 / #20150161264

Techniques for including collection items in search results

Techniques are provided for including collection items in the ranked set of search results that are returned to a user in response to a search query. Collection scoring techniques are also provided for generating relevance scores for collection items in a different manner than relevance scores are generated for base items that are not collections. ... Yahoo Inc

06/11/15 / #20150161119

Playlist resolver

A real-time locater for digital media objects, related to one or more musical compositions and accessible over a network, is described. A service-provider maintains a master index of the digital media objects and a playlist-resolver server. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156419

Blur aware photo feedback

Users are provided with feedback regarding blurriness of an image in real-time. When an image is received, a blur score is automatically generated in addition to a visual that indicates the extent of blurriness across the picture. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156283

System and method for controlling a networked display

Methods and systems for controlling a networked display via a client device are provided. The client device and the networked display are connected by a network. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156201

Method for sharing a media collection in a network environment

A method of acquiring rights to content to be burned to a cd, comprising defining a first content set; defining a second content set comprised of content selected from the first content set whose content attributes match those selected by a user; identifying as a third content set that content in the second content set for which drm rights sufficient to permit the content to be burned to cd are not currently possessed; allowing a user to authorize obtaining rights for members of the second content set for which rights permitting the content to be burned to cd are not currently possessed; obtaining rights which allow at least a subset of the third content set to be burned to cd; and, allowing the content defined in the second content set and for which appropriate rights have been obtained to be burned to cd.. . ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156088

System for tracking diffusion

A tracking system comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored therein data representing instructions executable by a programmed processor for monitoring a database is provided. The storage medium includes instructions for storing a plurality of link identifiers in a database, each link identifier associated with a content address identifier and instructions for receiving a current shortened content address with an appended link identifier from a requesting user. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156061

Deep linking to mobile applications

Techniques are described for providing deep linking capability from any mobile app to any other mobile app in a way that is scalable. App configuration information (including deep link information) is programmatically accumulated and provided to mobile devices in a way that enables launching or linking to mobile apps to meet expressed information needs of users. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150154659

System and method for displaying transitional mobile ads during network page download latency time

An electronic computer appliance, method, and computer program product are provided for providing a user of a mobile electronic device with a predetermined message during a communication network page loading latency time. The method comprises pre-caching the predetermined message; detecting the beginning of a page loading latency time; displaying the predetermined message on the mobile electronic device during the page loading latency time; and supplanting the predetermined message with a page that had been loaded during the page loading latency time.. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150154644

Deep linking to mobile applications

Techniques are described for providing deep linking capability from any mobile app to any other mobile app in a way that is scalable. App configuration information (including deep link information) is programmatically accumulated and provided to mobile devices in a way that enables launching or linking to mobile apps to meet expressed information needs of users. ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150154292

Recirculating on-line traffic, such as within a special purpose search engine

Example methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture are disclosed that may be implemented, in whole or in part, using one or more computing devices to facilitate or support one or more processes or operations for recirculating on-line traffic within a special purpose search engine.. . ... Yahoo Inc

06/04/15 / #20150154242

Automatic detection of expiration time of event-based articles

Methods and systems for detecting expiration time of an article include receiving the article for a pre-planned event. The article is analyzed to identify one or more attributes. ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149951

Live previews for multitasking and state management

Invoked states of one or more activities invoked in a web application is detected. The web application is configured to display, in a foreground, a current activity on a client device. ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149910

System and method for context enhanced mapping

A system and method for context enhanced mapping. A request is received from a user over a network for a map comprising an identification of a physical location, and at least one criteria. ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149891

Web application theme preview based on live previews

Live preview of themes is provided. At least one invoked activity is detected in a web application. ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149737

Method or system for access to shared resource

Methods and/or systems are provided that may be utilized to read from or write to a resource, such as a shared memory, for example.. . ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149502

Automatic draft email notification

A system and method for automatic draft email notification includes the following steps or acts performed while a user is engaged with a first email in an active email session: retrieving a value from the first email to use as a search term; accessing draft emails associated with the user; determining if the search term from the first email matches a corresponding string in the draft emails associated with the user; and presenting the draft emails that match the search term as a listing of selectable draft emails.. . ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149322

Information transaction apparatus and information transaction method

Provided is an information transaction apparatus including a receiving unit, a storage unit, and a transaction unit. The receiving unit receives user information on an information provider or a provider terminal from the provider terminal used by the information provider. ... Yahoo Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149275

Quasi-proportional allocation of combination items for serving in an online auction-based marketplace

Methods and systems are provided that can include value-based quasi-proportional allocation of combinations of online content items, such as online advertisements, for potential serving on web pages. Combinations may be assembled and valued. ... Yahoo Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142930

System and method for global load balancing of requests for content based on membership status of a user with one or more subscription services

The present description is directed towards systems and methods for directing a user request for content over a network to a given content server on the basis of one or more rules. Methods and systems implemented in accordance with the present description comprise receiving a request for content form a user, the request for content including a profile of the user identifying one or more characteristics associated with the user. ... Yahoo Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142881

Personal data platform

Receive a plurality of data management policies from a user. Store in a memory the data management policies in association with a context and an identifier of the user. ... Yahoo Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142557

User engagement-based contextually-dependent automated pricing for non-guaranteed delivery

A method for adjusting pricing for advertisements of non-guaranteed delivery (“ndg”) advertising auctions includes retrieving dwell time information for users that engage advertisements streamed to the users in a display content stream. The method aggregates the advertisements into different groups according to display context (such as advertisement category, viewing device, product in which the advertisement is streamed, etc.) and computes short-click ratios of advertisements in each group based on a short-click threshold assigned to the group and the user dwell time information for the group. ... Yahoo Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142513

Just-in-time guaranteed advertisement supply forecasting system and method

A just-in-time advertisement supply forecasting system includes a query engine configured to receive an advertiser query specifying an advertising contract time period of a contract, an historical database having stored therein time series data for a plurality of base profiles, each time series representing previously stored samples corresponding to daily impression counts over a predetermined period of time, and a forecasting engine operatively coupled to the query engine and to the historical database, and configured to generate an impression inventory forecast to satisfy the advertiser query, where the impression inventory forecast is generated in real-time based on the time series, upon receipt of the advertising query.. . ... Yahoo Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142512

User information providing apparatus, user information providing method, and advertisement distribution system

A user information providing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a business operator information database, an information acquiring unit, a user information extracting unit, and a user information output unit. The business operator information database stores user information of a business operator. ... Yahoo Inc

05/07/15 / #20150128157

Client-side scout and companion in a real-time bidding advertisement system

A client-side component in a real-time bidding (rtb) system for video advertisements configures the client device to, in response to a request for a video advertisement sent by the client device to the real-time bidding system, receive a first set of information associated with the video advertisement, parse the received first set of information to obtain the video advertisement and associated pixel firing information, provide the video advertisement to a video player on the client device, and fire a first pixel upon occurrence of a first predefined event associated with the video advertisement.. . ... Yahoo Inc

05/07/15 / #20150127725

Method and system for building an elastic cloud web server farm

A method and system for building an elastic cloud web server farm. The method includes registering a web application on a serving cloud and copying the web application to a distributed store. ... Yahoo Inc

05/07/15 / #20150127662

Dwell-time based generation of a user interest profile

A method is provided for building a user interest profile, including the following method operations: identifying features of each of a plurality of articles; for a given user, logging views of one or more of the plurality of articles; for each view, measuring a corresponding dwell time for the view by the given user; applying a weight to each view based on the corresponding measured dwell time; determining user interest scores for features of the one or more of the plurality of articles based on the weighted views; generating a user interest profile for the given user based on the user interest scores.. . ... Yahoo Inc

05/07/15 / #20150127468

User engagement based nonguaranteed delivery pricing

A system can include a processor configured to: receive user session data from a network, identify user session data associated with a creative, and determine user interaction information associated with the creative. The processor may also be configured to determine one or more of a mean, a variance, and a median of a distribution of the user interaction information associated with the creative. ... Yahoo Inc

05/07/15 / #20150125036

Extraction of video fingerprints and identification of multimedia using video fingerprinting

A video fingerprinting algorithm extracts characteristic features from regions of interest in a media object, such as a video signal. The regions of interest contain the perceptually important parts of the video signal. ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150121431

Cross-platform interface for a television device

A method for providing a cross-platform 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; determining an allocation of display locations in a cross-platform interface for content items from each of the available services, the allocation defining a relative amount of display locations for each of the available services based on a device profile associated with the television device; assigning content items to the display locations in accordance with the determined allocation.. . ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150121408

Recommendation of television content

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 plurality of content items based on the device profile of the television device.. . ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120745

Dynamic database indexes for entity attribute value stores

A system and method for database storage may be dynamically optimized for entity-attribute-value (eav) data. In one embodiment, this dynamic eav database may include one column for the entity identification (“id”) and a second column for the serialized data for that id (each attribute and the values for those attributes). ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120712

Customized news stream utilizing dwelltime-based machine learning

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for selecting news articles for presentation to a user. One method includes an operation for measuring dwelltimes for a first set of news items, where the dwelltime for a news item is based on the amount of time that the news item is displayed to a viewer. ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120565

Numbered ticket information issuing system, numbered ticket information issuing server, and numbered ticket information issuing method

A numbered ticket information issuing system according to an embodiment includes a numbered ticket information issuing server. The numbered ticket information issuing server includes a numbered ticket information issuing unit and a numbered ticket information transmitting unit. ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120470

Multi-protocol interactive mobile video advertising

Techniques are provided for playback and event reporting of video advertisements on a user device. Two different event reporting protocols are simultaneously supported to enable application-based playback of video advertisements while collecting event information associated with the video playback. ... Yahoo Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120449

System and method for presenting search results

System and method for presenting search results. Search results may be mixed and/or prioritized based on one or more criteria. ... Yahoo Inc

04/23/15 / #20150113091

Masterless cache replication

In an example of masterless cache replication, a processor of a server of a plurality of servers hosting a distributed application can receive a local cache event for a local data item stored in an application cache of the server. The processor can determine whether the local cache event is from another server. ... Yahoo Inc

04/23/15 / #20150113003

Information retrieval device, information retrieval method, and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium

An information retrieval device includes a degree-of-association information storage unit capable of storing an item(s) of degree-of-association information indicating a degree of association between each of an item(s) of first information and each of an item(s) of second information; an accepting unit that accepts a query including an item(s) of query information which is/are an item(s) of information used for retrieval of content; a query converter that obtains, by using an item(s) of first information corresponding to each of the item(s) of query information, and the item(s) of degree-of-association information, an item(s) of second information whose degree of association with the item(s) of first information is greater as a predetermined condition is better satisfied; and a retrieval unit that retrieves content by using the item(s) of second information obtained by the query converter. Accordingly, content necessary for a user can be retrieved.. ... Yahoo Inc

04/23/15 / #20150112959

Search system using search subdomain and hints to subdomains in search query statements and sponsored results on a subdomain-by-subdomain basis

A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.. ... Yahoo Inc

04/23/15 / #20150111598

Position identification server and position identification method

A position identification server according to the present application includes a storage unit that stores coefficients of parameters of a discriminant function that indicates whether or not a terminal device is located on each floor and a maximum value of pre-measured radio wave strength of each base station on each floor, a communication unit that receives an actual measurement value of radio wave strength of radio waves received by the terminal device from the base station, and a discrimination unit that calculates the parameters of the discriminant function for each floor based on the actual measurement value of radio wave strength received by the communication unit and the maximum value of radio wave strength stored in the storage unit, calculates a solution of the discriminant function for each floor based on the calculated parameters and the coefficients of the parameters stored in the storage unit, and when there are floors where the solution of the discriminant function is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, discriminates that a floor where the solution of the discriminant function is the greatest is a floor where the terminal device is located.. . ... Yahoo Inc

04/16/15 / #20150106737

Systems and methods for providing context-based user interface

Systems and methods for providing context-based user interface are disclosed. In some implementations, a method includes, obtaining one or more contextual factors associated with an electronic device; predicting context information in accordance with the one or more contextual factors; and formatting a user interface on the electronic device in accordance with the predicted context information. ... Yahoo Inc

04/16/15 / #20150105017

Cross device information exchange using gestures and locations

A method, apparatus and software related product (e.g., a computer readable memory) are presented for exchanging information between two or more devices when they are in a close proximity using gestures and web technologies. According to an embodiment, the identification of one or more devices using gestures is asynchronous, so that the two or more devices do not have to be shaken together at the same time synchronously, which is one advantage over conventional approaches. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100908

Alternate screen reveal for instant privacy

A system and method for assuring the privacy of a computer application includes generating a user interface with a privacy feature coupled with a computer application. Through the user interface, the user is able to activate the privacy feature while interacting with the computer application. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100877

Method or system for automated extraction of hyper-local events from one or more web pages

Methods and systems are provided that may be utilized to extract hyper-local event information from one or more web pages.. . ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100644

Email frequency and consolidation assistant

An email system is configured to enable a user to identify frequent email senders and block or consolidate emails from such senders. The emails received within a predetermined time period from a sender, who is selected for consolidation by a user of an email account, are consolidated into one entry in the inbox. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100596

System and method for performing set operations with defined sketch accuracy distribution

Techniques are provided for improving the speed and accuracy of analytics on big data using theta sketches, by converting fixed-size sketches to theta sketches, and by performing set operations on sketches. In a technique for performing a set operation, two sketches are analyzed to identify the maximum value of each sketch. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100438

Selecting among advertisements competing for a slot associated with electronic content delivered over a network based upon predicted latency

Methods and apparatuses for delivering advertisements with electronic content provided over a network and, more specifically, to techniques for selecting among advertisements that are competing for a slot associated with electronic content that is to be delivered over a network, are presented herein. Selecting among advertisements that are competing for a slot is based, at least in part, on an estimated latency for each advertisement. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100437

Techniques for organizing and presenting deal content

Techniques for organizing and presenting deals/commercial offers received by users in emails are provided. Emails directed to a user that contain commercial offers for the user are determined. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100374

Wearable text personalization

In one embodiment, information indicating content that has been consumed by a user may be obtained, where at least a portion of the information is received from a mobile device such as a wearable device worn by the user while consuming the content, where the content is not generated or provided by the mobile device. A profile of the user may be updated based, at least in part, upon the information such that the information is associated with the user, where the information indicates one or more characteristics of the content. ... Yahoo Inc

04/09/15 / #20150098179

Cold row encapsulation for server farm cooling system

An apparatus includes an enclosure defining an interior space and at least one server-rack port configured to engage one or more of racks such that one or more servers installed in each rack are contiguous to the interior space. The enclosure is inside of a room and includes at least one stability control unit at the bottom of the enclosure. ... Yahoo Inc

04/02/15 / #20150096012

Secure physical authentication input with personal display or sound device

A secure user input system is implemented for a computer system having a user input apparatus and a user output apparatus. The system comprises a user input template, provided to the user on the user output apparatus; and a personal user output interface providing, to the user, personal input interface information, mapped to the user input template, to enable the user to input information through the user input apparatus that is intelligible only to a party having access both to the user input template and the personal input interface information.. ... Yahoo Inc

04/02/15 / #20150095984

Method and system for system for controlling online user account using a mobile device

A method and system for controlling online user account using a mobile device. The method includes receiving an option to lock an online account of a user from a service provider. ... Yahoo Inc

04/02/15 / #20150095770

Method and apparatus for automatically summarizing the contents of electronic documents

One embodiment of a method for summarizing an electronic document includes splitting the electronic document into a plurality of terms, wherein each of the plurality of terms is associated with a respective length, a respective informativeness score, and a respective coherence score, automatically selecting a subset of the plurality of terms, such that an aggregate informativeness score of the subset is maximized while an aggregate length of the subset is less than or equal to a maximum length, and arranging the subset as a summary of the electronic document.. . ... Yahoo Inc

04/02/15 / #20150095155

Method and system for collaborative location detection

Disclosed is a system, method, and computer readable medium for collaboratively detecting location. A computing device detects a client device in communication with the computing device. ... Yahoo Inc

04/02/15 / #20150094084

Distribution device, distribution method, and terminal device

A distribution device according to the present application includes a receiving unit, a calculation unit, and a distribution unit. The receiving unit receives location information from a terminal device owned by a user. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150089542

Distribution device, distribution method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium

A distribution device includes a distribution unit configured to distribute, to a user terminal, a content control program for controlling content displayed on the user terminal. The content control program causes the user terminal to execute a viewable area acquisition procedure of acquiring, as information on a viewable area, information on an area of the content displayed by a browser program, a reference position acquisition procedure of acquiring pieces of information on a plurality of reference positions defined on a display area of the content on which a video image is displayed, a determination procedure of determining whether the plurality of reference positions are located in the viewable area, and a playback start procedure of starting playback of the video image when it is determined that the plurality of reference positions are located in the viewable area.. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150089348

System and method for web page background image delivery

Disclosed is a system and method for progressively deploying a large size wallpaper of a web page, without compromising on image quality, perceived load time or user experience. The present disclosure involves embodiments for reducing the size of background image of a web page for initial deployment of the page. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088990

Cache refreshing for online social newsfeeds

Software for an online social service receives a request for a newsfeed from a user. The newsfeed depends at least in part on a memory-cached list of social friends of the user and on a memory-cached list of events associated with each social friend. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088963

Distribution device, distribution method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium

A distribution device includes a distribution unit configured to distribute, to a user terminal, a content control program for controlling a content displayed on the user terminal. The content control program causes the user terminal to execute a determination procedure for determining whether a time required for a user operating the user terminal to browse a document included in the content has passed since the content is displayed, and a video playback procedure for starting playback of a video in the content when it is determined that the time has passed since the content is displayed.. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088667

Distribution apparatus, terminal apparatus and distribution method

A distribution apparatus includes a distribution unit. The distribution unit distributes control information and first content to a terminal apparatus. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088664

Search system, search method, terminal apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium

A search system includes a terminal apparatus and a server apparatus. The server apparatus includes a response unit configured to respond image information about a web page of a search result corresponding to the search query for a web search transmitted by the terminal apparatus to the terminal apparatus. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088658

Advertisement deliver apparatus and advertisement deliver method

An advertisement delivery apparatus according to an embodiment includes a first advertising information output unit and a second advertising information output unit. The first advertising information output unit outputs first advertising information corresponding to user information on a company to the wireless terminal when the wireless terminal enters a site corresponding to the company. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088657

Advertisement delivery apparatus and advertisement delivery method

An advertisement delivery apparatus according to an embodiment includes a first advertising information output unit and a second advertising information output unit. The first advertising information output unit outputs advertising information according to user information on a company corresponding to an entry site of a wireless terminal as first advertising information to the wireless terminal. ... Yahoo Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088637

Information processing system, information processing method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium

An information processing system includes an image acquisition unit that acquires a captured image corresponding to a field of view of a user. The information processing system includes an advertisement detection unit that detects an advertisement viewed by the user from the captured image. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150082339

Distribution device and distribution method

A distribution device 20 includes a distribution unit 22 that distributes a content including a control program to a user terminal 30. The control program causes the user terminal 30 to execute an acquisition procedure for acquiring an area of the content, the area being displayed by a browser program, as a viewable area, a determination procedure for determining whether or not a display area where a video is displayed, the display area being included in the content, is located in the viewable area, and a playback procedure for starting playback of the video if the display area is located in the viewable area and the situation of the user terminal 30 is a predetermined situation.. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150082280

Automatic verification by comparing user interface images

A method, apparatus and software related product (e.g., a computer readable memory) are presented for automatic testing of software products such as front-ends of computing devices. Various embodiments described herein can simplify the delivery and verification of software products and services across computing devices and screens by comparing user interface images using image analysis. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081765

System and method for enhancing multi-module experience

Methods and systems for processing content from multiple content sources includes identifying a plurality of content sources for rendering content on a website. A plurality of content modules associated with the website, are identified. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081695

Local recommendation engine

A recommendation engine and a user profile stored on a user device are employed by the user device to select from a content store, content that is relevant to a current display of the user device. The selected content is combined with the current display to generate the contextually relevant display. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081653

Type free search assist

Techniques are described herein for assisting a user of a portable computing device with a touch screen display in formulating a search engine search query. The techniques may assist the user in a more efficient funnel querying approach when compared to conventional funnel querying approaches. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081456

Service providing apparatus and service providing method

A service providing apparatus has a plan receiving unit and a service providing unit. The plan receiving unit receives advertising space information relating to an advertising space set to content by a content creator who creates the content and a targeting condition set to the advertising space by the content creator. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081455

Service providing apparatus and service providing method

A service providing apparatus includes a calculating unit, a plan receiving unit, and a service providing unit. The calculating unit calculates an evaluation value for a content creator that creates content. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081454

Service providing apparatus and service providing method

A service providing apparatus includes a request receiving unit and a service providing unit. The request receiving unit receives, from an advertiser having the right to display an advertisement on content, a resale request to resell a right to be resold to other advertisers. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081431

Posterior probability calculating apparatus, posterior probability calculating method, and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium

A posterior probability calculating apparatus that calculates the posterior probability in a short time includes a user information storage unit, a prior probability calculating unit, a likelihood calculating unit, an accepting unit, a posterior probability calculating unit, and an output unit. The user information storage unit stores user information that associates a user attribute and log information. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081422

Service providing apparatus and service providing method

A service providing apparatus includes a plan receiving unit, a calculating unit, and a service providing unit. The plan receiving unit receives plan information indicating a plan of content planned by a content creator. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081406

Distribution device and distribution method

A distribution device includes a distribution unit which distributes a control program for controlling content to be displayed on a user terminal, to the user terminal. The control program is a display program to be executed in the user terminal, and controls the user terminal to execute a sound playback procedure for playing back a sound when content is included in an area specified by the display program for displaying the content, a viewable area acquisition procedure for acquiring the area specified by the display program in the content as a viewable area, a display area determination procedure for determining whether a display area where a video is displayed corresponding to the content is positioned in the viewable area, and a video playback procedure for stopping playback of the sound and starting playback of the video, when determined that the display area is positioned in the viewable area.. ... Yahoo Inc

03/19/15 / #20150081386

Mediation device, mediation method, and recording medium

A mediation device according to the present application includes a task reception unit, a deliverable reception unit, a calculation unit, and a measures unit. The task reception unit receives work including one or more dummy questions from an order terminal used by an orderer. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074599

Mobile video channel-based gestural user interface

In one embodiment, a graphical user interface is provided, where the graphical user interface includes a plurality of rows, each of the plurality of rows corresponding to a different one of a plurality of information sources. Each of the plurality of rows may include a plurality of icons, each of the plurality of icons representing a different one of a plurality of content items available from the corresponding one of the plurality of information sources. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074533

User-programmable channel store for video

A system and method for providing a more relevant user viewing experience on a mobile device includes providing a video application providing access to a virtual video channel store with selectable tiles representing digital video content sources (channels). A user is able to select channels from the virtual channel store and interact with the selections within a graphical user interface that enhances the channel viewing experience.. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074512

Image browsing system and method for a digital content platform

Systems and methods for presenting and/or browsing images on a digital content platform. In one embodiment, for example, there is provided an image-browsing system, including: (1) a database having a plurality of images; (2) an image frame provided on the digital content platform, wherein the image frame displays a first image from the database; and (3) a user-actionable interface, wherein activation of the interface replaces the first image within the frame with a second image. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074235

Method and system for media collection expansion

Systems and methods have been developed for expanding collections of media objects that are stored remotely. More specifically, systems and methods have been developed for continuously monitoring and updating collections of media objects stored in a user's media repository (e.g., a “media locker”).. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074213

Sender-based ranking of person profiles and multi-person automatic suggestions

Systems and methods for searching of information regarding persons or to provide assistance for completion during address input. In one embodiment, a method includes automatically generating profiles for persons identified in messages, such as outgoing emails. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074191

Unified end user notification platform

A unified end-user notification platform delivers event alerts to different types of clients including mobile devices and http clients. Users can subscribe to a plurality of notification channels and select from the associated various delivery options via a single user interface. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074146

Method and system for discovering dynamic relations among entities

Method, system, and programs for detecting dynamic relationship and discovering dynamic events. Data from a first data source is first received. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074070

System and method for reconciling transactional and non-transactional operations in key-value stores

Techniques are provided for detecting and resolving conflicts between native and transactional applications sharing a common database. As transactions are received at the database system, a timestamp is assigned to both the start and the commit time of a transaction, where the timestamps are synchronized with a logical clock in the database system. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150073905

System for providing for a revenue generator to bid exclusively on mobile search traffic

A system is described for providing for a revenue generator to bid exclusively on mobile search traffic. The system may include a processor, a memory and an interface. ... Yahoo Inc

03/12/15 / #20150073895

System and method for identification of subject line templates

Disclosed is a system and method for email management that leverages information derived from automatically generated templates in order to identify types of message and message content. The systems and methods discussed herein involve identifying messages matching specific template types and structures, and automatically extracting important data from email messages matching those templates. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150067778

Information processing device and information processing method

An information processing device includes a reception unit and a control unit. The reception unit receives an access request including identification information of a transmission source from a terminal. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150067505

System and methods for user curated media

Methods and systems for recommending online media content to other users includes receiving a selection of media content rendered on content page. The media content is identified by a user for sharing. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150067034

Server, distribution information generation method, and recording medium

A server includes a terminal information acquisition unit, a region specifying unit, and a distribution information generation unit. The terminal information acquisition unit acquires from each of a plurality of first terminal devices, terminal information including measurement information used to calculate a distance from each of second terminal devices to each of the plurality of first terminal devices for each second terminal device present near the first terminal device and position information of the first terminal device. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066959

Prioritizing items from different categories in a news stream

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for displaying a customized news stream. One method includes an operation for identifying dwell times spent by users while accessing a first plurality of items, each item belonging to one media type from a plurality of media types (e.g., news articles, videos, slide shows, etc.). ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066934

Automatic classification of segmented portions of web pages

Exemplary methods and apparatuses are provided which may be used for classifying and indexing segmented portions of web pages and providing related information for use in information extraction and/or information retrieval systems.. . ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066666

Distribution apparatus, terminal apparatus and distribution method

A distribution apparatus includes a receiving unit and a distributing unit. The receiving unit receives an acquisition request for a first content. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066656

Time-triggered advertisement replacement

A system to place online advertisements on a first page includes a display output to render a primary advertisement on at least a portion of a first web page and a timer to measure a first predetermined period of time that the first web page is displayed. The system includes an advertisement controller, coupled to the display output and the timer, to switch the primary advertisement to display a secondary advertisement on the portion of the first web page. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066646

Spark satellite clusters to hadoop data stores

An advertising and data analysis platform may need to mine through vast amounts of data to come up with insights into advertising effectiveness, and measure and improve the effectiveness of advertising reach. Distributed network data analytics may be applied to ad matching/targeting, such that an in-memory cluster computing environment may be used with advertising data. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150066586

Evaluation calculating device, evaluation calculating method, and recording medium

A delivery device according to the present invention includes a storing unit and a calculating unit. The storing unit stores a number of views a webpage concerning a commercial product and a number of behaviors which result in profitable behavior which leads a profit of a provider who provides the webpage by the user who accesses the webpage in a memory unit for every commercial product. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150065162

Position specifying server, position specifying method, and recording medium recording position specifying program

A position specifying server includes a storage unit, a communication unit, an estimation unit, and a specifying unit. The storage unit stores gmms corresponding to base stations of radio waves receivable by a terminal device on each floor. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150063686

Image recognition device, image recognition method, and recording medium

A delivery device according to the present invention includes a learning image storage unit, a first recognition unit, a second recognition unit, and a registration unit. The learning image storage unit stores at least one piece of learning image. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150063665

Information processing device, specifying method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium

An information processing device includes an acquiring unit that acquires target information representing a shooting target shown in an image shot by a user and biological information acquired from the user when the image is shot for each plurality of images shot by the user. The information processing device includes an extracting unit that extracts biological information corresponding to target information representing the shooting target from the biological information acquired by the acquiring unit for each shooting target. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150061993

Terminal apparatus, display method, recording medium, and display system

A terminal apparatus provides a highly convenient user interface. The terminal apparatus includes a designated direction detection unit and a display control unit. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150061825

Information processing device, control method, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium

An information processing device includes a collecting unit which collects user's biological information. The information processing device includes a determining unit which determines an emotion of the user by using the biological information collected by the collecting unit. ... Yahoo Inc

03/05/15 / #20150061824

Information processing device, determination method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium

An information processing device includes a collecting unit that collects biological information of a first user and a second user. The information processing device includes a specifying unit that specifies an emotion of the first user toward the second user and an emotion of the second user toward the first user using the biological information acquired by the collecting unit. ... Yahoo Inc

02/26/15 / #20150058720

System and method for automatically suggesting diverse and personalized message completions

Disclosed is a system and method for suggesting messages that are automatically learned, personalized and diversified by leveraging messages sent by a large number of users in order to provide message completions that are as engaging as possible. The disclosed systems and methods learn from recurrent messages sent to a recipient, and suggest message completions based upon user behavior. ... Yahoo Inc

02/26/15 / #20150058333

Generating sequences of program items

Systems and techniques, including computer program products, for generating sequences of program items. A specification of a sequence is received. ... Yahoo Inc

02/26/15 / #20150058114

Dwell time based advertising in a scrollable content stream

A method for online advertising includes: receiving a request for a content stream from a client device; embedding an advertisement in the content stream, and transmitting the content stream to the client device; determining a scroll dwell time of the advertisement when the content stream is presented on the client device; determining a level of performance of a guaranteed presentation amount associated with the advertisement, the level of performance based on the scroll dwell time of the advertisement. In another embodiment, candidate advertisements are identified for presentation in the content stream; for each candidate, an expected cost per time unit (ecptu) of exposure is determined; one of the candidate advertisements is selected for inclusion in the content stream based on the ecptu's; the content stream is transmitted to the client device.. ... Yahoo Inc

02/26/15 / #20150058113

Dwell time based advertising

A method for online advertising, is provided, including: receiving a request for a web page from a client device; in response to the request, selecting an advertisement for presentation on the web page, and transmitting the web page to the client device; determining a duration of exposure of the advertisement when the web page is presented on the client device; determining a level of performance of a guaranteed presentation amount associated with the advertisement, the level of performance based on the duration of exposure of the advertisement. In another embodiment, a plurality of candidate advertisements are identified for presentation on a requested web page; for each candidate, an expected cost per time unit (ecptu) of exposure is determined; one candidate advertisement is selected for presentation on the web page based on the ecptu's; the web page is transmitted to a client device.. ... Yahoo Inc

02/26/15 / #20150057035

System and method for contextual social messaging

Disclosed is a system and method for selectively delivering shared information. The disclosed systems and methods enable a sending user to decide what context of information is to be shared, in that a sending user can determine when and where information is shared. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052586

Enhancing network security

Briefly, embodiments of methods or systems for providing enhancements to network security are disclosed.. . ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052548

Encoding pre-roll advertisements in progressively-loading images

Some embodiments of the invention provide techniques for an advertisement mask and a target media content being jointly encoded, transformed, and progressively rendered for presentation to a user. Specifically, a request for the target media content by a user is received. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052540

Method and system for providing virtual co-presence to broadcast audiences in an online broadcasting system

There is provided an online broadcasting system for providing virtual co-presence to broadcast audiences. The online broadcasting system may comprise a plurality of user terminals, a user reaction processing server and a broadcast server configured to transmit broadcast program data to the user terminals. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052500

Testing computer-implementable instructions

Briefly, embodiments of methods or systems for testing software modules are disclosed.. . ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052462

Capture and retrieval of a personalized mood icon

Disclosed herein is system, method and apparatus to capture and retrieve personalized mood icons. A personalized mood icon may be used to express a mood, tone, emotion, etc., and may comprise one or more components, including without limitation one or more visual and/or audible components. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052203

System and method for mailing list identification and representation

Disclosed is a system and method for managing mailing list newsletter messages for a recipient user, and organizing such messages in accordance with a receiving user's interests. The present disclosure enables novel organizational tools for emails by intuitively organizing received newsletters and providing highly visible features within a user's inbox respective the newsletters. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052126

Method and system for recommending relevant web content to second screen application users

Disclosed is a system and method for recommending web content to a second screen. A server computer analyzes closed captioning text associated with a media program being experienced in a time period by a user having a client device. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150051973

Contextual-bandit approach to personalized news article recommendation

Methods and apparatus for performing computer-implemented personalized recommendations are disclosed. User information pertaining to a plurality of features of a plurality of users may be obtained. ... Yahoo Inc

02/19/15 / #20150050921

Displaying location-based images that match the weather conditions

An image associated with a location and depicting the current weather conditions at the location is served to the user along with the current weather data of the location. If an image for the location that aptly depicts the weather conditions as indicated by the weather data cannot be identified, the geographical area associated with the location is expanded to search for appropriate images from an expanded image pool. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039983

System and method for customizing a user interface

Described is a system and method for customizing a user interface. A method according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises receiving a given content item and scoring the given content item. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039631

Method and apparatus for accurate localization of points of interest using a world shape

Geo-referenced and oriented media items may be used to determine a location of one or more points of interest depicted by the media items. A difference between an actual capture location and orientation and a reported location and orientation may be modeled according to one or more distributions, which distribution(s) may be used to assign one or more weights to each location in the world where such weight(s) may be considered to be a likelihood that a point of interest might have been seen by a capturing device. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039630

Method and apparatus for accurate localization of points of interest

Geo-referenced and oriented media items may be used to determine a location of one or more points of interest depicted by the media items. A difference between an actual capture location and orientation and a reported location and orientation may be modeled according to one or more distributions, which distribution(s) may be used to assign one or more weights to each location in the world where such weight(s) may be considered to be a likelihood that a point of interest might have been seen by a capturing device. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039449

Indicating unavailability of an uploaded video file that is being bitrate encoded

A system for indicating the unavailability of an already uploaded video file is provided. The system includes an advertiser system providing a graphical user interface for uploading a video file to a database and an ad serving system communicatively coupled to the database that receives the uploaded video file. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039432

Keyword recommendation

An example system can include a server that includes or is associated with a keyword recommendation module. The keyword recommendation module can be configured to select keywords for a search engine for use in a search engine marketing campaign, wherein the search engine provides more traffic to internet content of a publisher than other search engines, for the keywords. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039426

Revenue share analysis

A revenue share analysis module can determine individual session revenues for content items provided by content providers. The module can also determine total session content revenues for each of the content items according to the determined individual session revenues, and determine respective content values for each of the content items according to the determined total session revenues for each of the content items. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039424

System and method for social display advertisements

Disclosed is a system and method for providing automated micro-targeted advertisements to a small group of engaged users based on the users' interactions with each other. The systems and methods disclosed provide relevant advertisements to members of a small targeted online group, where the members of the group share common interests, behaviors, preferences, online activities, and the like. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039420

Audience centric pricing

A system can include a server that includes or is associated with a revenue analysis module. The module can be configured to receive user web browsing session data from a data source. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039419

Keyword price recommendation

An system can include a server that includes or is associated with a keyword price recommendation module. The module can be configured to recommend an optimal price for a keyword, per referral event, in a search engine marketing campaign. ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039360

Dependency management for enterprise computing

Briefly, embodiments disclosed herein may relate to managing dependencies among software components executed in enterprise computing environments, for example.. . ... Yahoo Inc

02/05/15 / #20150038114

Methods and system for device authentication

A request is received to access a user account. A geolocation of a mobile device registered with the user account is obtained directly from the mobile device. ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150033194

Multi-finger user identification

A method for identifying a user is provided, including the following method operations: identifying at least three contact regions on a touch sensitive surface, the contact regions defined by simultaneous contact of at least three fingers of the user with the touch sensitive surface; for each contact region, determining a center point; determining distances between each of the determined center points of the contact regions; comparing the determined distances against predefined distances associated with a known user; based on the comparing, determining the user to be the known user or not the known user.. . ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150033141

System and method for providing an interactive message inbox

Disclosed is a system and method for email management that leverages information associated with an incoming email message in order to organize the recipient's inbox and display relevant message content from the inbox. The present disclosure identifies messages by their relevance to a recipient, and effectively displays the relevant portions of the message to the recipient in an efficient manner which allows users to interact with the messages from the inbox. ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150033132

Method and system for dynamically changing a header space in a graphical user interface

Disclosed is a method and system for transmitting, by a processor to a client device, a software application (e.g., a mobile app or a web page) configured to load, by a computer processor of the client device, a graphical user interface (gui), the gui including a header space and a content display space. The software application is further configured to display, by the computer processor, the gui in a first frame, detect, by the computer processor, user interaction with content displayed in the content display space of the gui, compare, by the computer processor, the user interaction with a set of stored user interactions, and, based on the comparing, change, by the computer processor, the header space in the gui in the first frame.. ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032740

Personal trends module

A system and method for generating a personalized trends module includes steps of: for a given user, producing a social timeline by logging content posted on the given user's accounts on social media sites; analyzing the social timeline for recently posted content to derive an interim summary of first trending topics for the given user; receiving from a content personalization platform an in-stream feed of second trending topics based on the user's recent on-line activity including page views, queries, and clicks; augmenting the social timeline with the second trending topics from the in-stream feed to produce an interim list of third trending topics; ranking the third trending topics by source category using a frequency index; selecting the highest ranking third trending topics from each source category; and presenting a personalized trends module with positions allocated to the highest ranking third trending topics.. . ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032720

Optimizing database queries

A system and method for database management and accessing data stored in the database may be optimized based on the database structure. For example, data associated with a range (e.g. ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032577

System and method for generating revenue for publishers of multimedia content over a network

A system and method for compensating publishers of content items, such as a video, graphics, songs, movies, images, advertisements, or any other type of content, in response to, or as a precondition to, viewing of a given content item by others at a host website. For example, multimedia content publishers upload their respective content items to a host website. ... Yahoo Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032535

System and method for content based social recommendations and monetization thereof

Disclosed is a system and method for automatically detecting social relationships from consumer image collections. The disclosed systems and methods provide the ability to infer relationships between people thereby creating dynamic social networks from the occurrences of people appearing in digital images. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026266

Share to stream

In one embodiment, a message transmitted from a first individual to a second individual via a communication platform may be identified, where the message includes a media item, a hypertext link providing access to the media item, or a uniform resource locator (url) providing access to the media item. The media item, hypertext link, or url may be obtained from the message. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026255

Determination of general and topical news and geographical scope of news content

Methods for categorizing news are presented. One method groups articles into clusters that share a common topic. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026151

Trigger query obtaining apparatus, trigger query obtaining method, and non-transitory computer readable recording medium

A trigger query obtaining apparatus includes a graph creating unit, a score calculation unit, a trigger query obtaining unit, and an output unit. The graph creating unit creates a minimal directed graph having nodes each corresponding to a search query included in one of two search logs, and a link directed from one node to another node. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026148

User specific feed recommendations

A system for recommending feeds for a user comprises a client with a web browser, an application server, and a content server. The browser tracks the user's browsing activity and transmits user data related to the user's browsing activity to the application server. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150025970

Real time advertising campaigns utilizing streaming analytics engines

The disclosure provides methods and systems for use in real time advertising campaigns and advertisement targeting. The systems sample streams of electronic data in real time. ... Yahoo Inc

01/22/15 / #20150025959

Mail feedback to the advertisers

Enabling advertisers to evaluate performance of an email advertisement campaign is disclosed. An advertisement is circulated via email among the users of an email system and feedback associated with one or more of user actions or automated actions by the email system with respect to the circulated advertisement are detected. ... Yahoo Inc

01/15/15 / #20150019622

On time launcher for sites

In one embodiment, a request identifying a first uniform resource locator (url) may be received. It may be ascertained whether a launch time associated with the first url has been attained. ... Yahoo Inc

01/15/15 / #20150019474

Influence maximization with viral product design

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. ... Yahoo Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012925

Method and system for improved media distribution

This disclosure describes methods and systems for improved media distribution. More specifically, this disclosure sets forth methods and systems for distributing video to a third party.. ... Yahoo Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012811

Interactive sitemap with user footprints

A system and method for generating an interactive sitemap of a website includes steps of: receiving an identifier of a user visiting the website; storing identifiers of the website pages visited by the user; associating the website page identifiers with the user identifier; capturing a snapshot of each website page visited by the user; determining website pages recommended for the user, but not yet visited by the user; capturing a snapshot of at least one recommended website page; and generating the interactive sitemap that includes a sitemap tree structure of the website with selectable nodes representing the website pages visited by the user and the website pages recommended for the user. When the user rolls over one of the selectable nodes, presenting the snapshot within the in-page window.. ... Yahoo Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012559

Search system using search subdomain and hints to subdomains in search query statements and sponsored results on a subdomain-by-subdomain basis

A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.. ... Yahoo Inc

01/01/15 / #20150007289

Motion-based human verification system and method

Disclosed herein is a human verification system, method and architecture, which make use of sensing components built into a user's computing device, or otherwise coupled to the user's device, to receive a response to a challenge-response verification test, which may comprise a pattern-based and/or an image-based challenge-response.. . ... Yahoo Inc

01/01/15 / #20150006280

Quality scoring system for advertisements and content in an online system

A server system of an online information system displays advertising items and content items retrieved from storage devices as a stream viewable by a user on a user device. The advertisement items and the content items are ordered in the stream by a ranking score computed for each of the advertisement items and each of the content items. ... Yahoo Inc

01/01/15 / #20150005072

Fantasy sports with situational substitutions of players

Disclosed is a method and system for situational substitutions in fantasy sports. A server maintains personnel packages received from a client device operated by a user owning a fantasy team that includes a default personnel package and zero or more situational personnel packages of fantasy players. ... Yahoo Inc








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