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12/10/15 / #20150358328

Secure local server for synchronized online content management system

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for securely accessing locally stored synchronized content using a local web server. A client application on a client device may receive from a web browser on the client device a request to access a local content stored on a client device. ... Dropbox Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358299

Coerced encryption on connected devices

Techniques for coercing users to encrypt synchronized content stored at their personal computing devices. In some aspects, one or more computing devices receive, from a personal computing device, an indication of whether data stored in at least a portion of a storage device of the personal computing device is protected by disk encryption. ... Dropbox Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358297

Secure peer-to-peer data sychronization

The disclosed embodiments relate to a feature of a content-item-uploading system that facilitates secure, peer-to-peer distributed sharing of a version of a content item by a user that created the version of the content item (e.g., by modifying a previous version of the content item or by creating a new content item). During operation, the system receives a cryptographic key from the user. ... Dropbox Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358224

Systems and methods for ephemeral eventing

Embodiments are provided for ephemeral eventing. Ephemeral eventing may involve sending metadata portions associated with content items from a user device to a content management system prior to uploading the content portions of the content items. ... Dropbox Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356105

Techniques for processing digital assets for editing in a digital asset editing computer program

An automation plugin to a digital asset editing program. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed by the automation plugin to the digital asset editing program executing on a computing device having at least one processor and memory comprises: allowing a user of the digital asset editing program to filter a library of digital assets by custom metadata associated with the digital assets; receiving custom metadata filtering criteria from the user; and responsive to determining one or more of the digital assets are associated with custom metadata satisfying the custom metadata filtering criteria, allowing the user to select at least one filtering result, corresponding to one of the one or more digital assets, which, when selected, causes the corresponding digital asset to at least be loaded into the digital asset editing program for editing by the user.. ... Dropbox Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350004

System and method for multi-tier synchronization

The present invention provides a system and method for multi-tiered data synchronization. Data is synchronized between a master synchronization server, one or more proxy synchronization servers, and client devices. ... Dropbox Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347497

Condensing event markers

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for analyzing the recorded interactions of users within a shared dataspace, where the shared dataspace is provided by an a synced online content management system. As each user adds and deletes files in the shared dataspace, the content management system can record each interaction. ... Dropbox Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347490

Enhancing event summaries of synced online content management system interactions

Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for enhancing event summaries of synced online content management system interactions. Users can identify one or more of the collapsed events markers that have pointers to the original, uncondensed, event markers. ... Dropbox Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331881

Managing messages based on expiration dates

Messages can be managed based on expiration dates. For instance, a message having an expiration date can be removed from the recipient's inbox until the expiration date becomes imminent, automatically restored to the inbox when the expiration date becomes imminent, and automatically expired from the inbox (e.g., by deleting the message) after the expiration date has passed. ... Dropbox Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326620

Media presentation in a virtual shared space

Various embodiments of the present technology involve the sharing of media items via a virtual shared space. For example, a user could create and share a slideshow to other users in a presentation mode that includes establishing a shared screen session for simultaneous viewing of the images. ... Dropbox Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319175

Retroactive shared content item links

A content management system implementing methodologies providing retroactive shared content item links is disclosed. The content management system and methodologies allow a team administrator of a team to configure a team-wide shared link policy that determines whether non-team members can access content items associated with team accounts using shared links generated for the content items by team members. ... Dropbox Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317307

Providing a content preview

A content preview of a content item stored in an online storage system can be viewed on a client device without the content item itself being downloaded to the client device and without the use of software associated with the content item being installed on the client device. Furthermore, data storage and processing requirements can be minimized by creating and storing only one content preview for each unique content item. ... Dropbox Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309701

Techniques for collapsing views of content items in a graphical user interface

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that provide users with efficient and effective user experiences when browsing, selecting, or inspecting content items. More specifically, systems and methods described herein provide users the ability to easily and effectively select multiple content items via a single touch gesture (e.g., swipe gesture). ... Dropbox Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309698

Browsing and selecting content items based on user gestures

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that provide users with efficient and effective user experiences when browsing, selecting, or inspecting content items. More specifically, systems and methods described herein provide users the ability to easily and effectively select multiple content items via a single touch gesture (e.g., swipe gesture). ... Dropbox Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304265

Broadcast notification system

An online content management service can manage distribution of event notifications to client devices based on notification keys. Client devices can register with the content management service to receive event notifications associated with one or more specific notification keys of interest. ... Dropbox Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304264

Context aware serialization

Certain embodiments of the present invention relate to techniques for serializing account and message management actions performed at a message management service for synchronization with a messaging service. A message management service can receive requests from a client device and/or a messaging service to perform actions on resources for an email message account. ... Dropbox Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281353

Local server for synced online content management system

A client device can implement a client-side application for a server-side online content management system. The client-side application can communicate with the server-side online content management system to sync data stored locally on the client-side with data stored on the server-side. ... Dropbox Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281156

Dynamic filter generation for message management systems

Filtering rules for incoming messages can be dynamically generated by a message management service based on patterns in the user's behavior. The message management service can analyze event records associating user actions with features of messages to detect correlations between message features and resulting actions, including correlations across multiple messaging accounts belonging to the same user. ... Dropbox Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281155

Activation of dynamic filter generation for message management systems through gesture-based input

Generation of filtering rules for incoming messages can be activated by a user through a gesture-based input. When the user activates filtering rule generation, the message management service can cause a user device to display a prompt requesting additional data to be used to generate the filtering rule. ... Dropbox Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277704

Method for displaying files from a plurality of devices in a multi-view interface and for enabling operations to be performed on such files through such interface

In a synchronization or back-up system that synchronizes and/or back-ups files from multiple computing devices, the present invention provides a method for (1) displaying files from multiple computing devices in a multi-view user interface and (2) enabling content and file operations to be performed on such files through the user interface. The multi-view interface includes a file-system view and one or more media-specific views. ... Dropbox Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263882

Maintaining consistent globally unique identifiers via an asynchronous interface

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for maintaining consistent globally unique identifiers (guids) for content items accessible via an asynchronous interface in a multi-user network-based content management environment (storage environment). The example content management system can make a content item within a data storage available to an authorized user via the asynchronous interface, and receive, from a client device, content item change information derived from data generated by an operating system function at the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261974

Requesting modification rights to a linked file set

A computer implemented system and method of sharing files between a link sharer and a link recipient over a network. The method comprises generating, in response to a request by a link sharer, a file sharing link to a file set, where the link does not provide a link recipient the ability to modify the contents of the linked file set. ... Dropbox Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261781

Maintaining concurrency and consistency of globally unique identifiers

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for ensuring data consistency and concurrency for globally unique identifiers (guids) and associated content items via locking. A content management system configured to practice the method can receive, from a client device, a request to perform a content item operation in a storage environment that affects a guid. ... Dropbox Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256533

Toggle between accounts

Techniques are described for enabling administrators of teams that use a particular service to specify which sign-on options, of multiple possible sign-on options, are assigned to the members of the teams to which the administrators belong. For example, an administrator may assign a first sign-on option, which only allows users to use native authentication, to one set of members of the team. ... Dropbox Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256504

Distributed synchronization data in a message management service

A message management service that acts as intermediary between a messaging service and a client device can generate a synchronization data bundle for a message that includes an external message identifier usable to retrieve the message from the messaging service. The message management service can send the synchronization data bundle to the client along with the message, and the client can store the synchronization data bundle for each message in its local data store. ... Dropbox Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254320

Using colocation hints to facilitate accessing a distributed data storage system

The disclosed embodiments relate to a system that uses colocation hints to facilitate storing data blocks in a distributed data storage system, which includes a plurality of data centers. During operation, the system receives a write request from a client to write a data block to the distributed data storage system, wherein the write request includes a colocation hint that identifies a colocation group associated with the data block. ... Dropbox Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249647

Advanced security protocol for broadcasting and synchronizing shared folders over local area network

A method, system, and manufacture for securely broadcasting shared folders from one client device to other client devices and synchronizing the shared folders over a local area network. A first client device, associated with a content management system, generates a secure identifier for a shared folder, using a shared secret key that is associated with the shared folder. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244836

Systems and methods for ephemeral eventing

Embodiments are provided for ephemeral eventing. Ephemeral eventing may involve sending metadata portions associated with content items from a user device to a content management system prior to uploading the content portions of the content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244833

Systems and methods for managing content items having multiple resolutions

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for managing content items having multiple resolutions may be provided. In some embodiments, a user device may send a request to access one or more images from a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244794

Systems and methods for providing a user with a set of interactivity features locally on a user device

Providing a user with an interactive user interface that may fully enable interactions regardless of connectivity status may be provided. In some embodiments, one or more content items may be selected by a user of the user devices and may be queued for upload to a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243085

Techniques for capturing and displaying partial motion in virtual or augmented reality scenes

The present disclosure relates to techniques for capturing and displaying partial motion in var scenes. Var scenes can include a plurality of images combined and oriented over any suitable geometry. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242521

Globally unique identifiers in an online content management system

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for implementing globally unique identifiers (guids) in a multi-user network-based content management environment, from the perspective of a server creating a guid for a content item, and serving requests based on the guid. A content management system can identify a content item at a location within the data storage. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242443

Systems and methods for selecting content items to store and present locally on a user device

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for dynamically selecting and sending content items to a user device based on various network and device conditions are provided. In some embodiments, a listing of images stored within a user account on a content management system may be generated, and a selection probability value may be assigned to each image within the listing. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242404

Selectively emphasizing digital content

One or more embodiments increase the visual appeal and organization of presenting digital content items. In particular, one or more embodiments improve the visual appeal of a presentation of digital content items by emphasizing one or more digital content items within the presentation of digital content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242111

Activating a camera function within a content management application

One or more embodiments of the present disclosure include a content management system that allows a user to easily activate a camera while viewing digital content. For example, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface that includes a scroll element that allows a user to navigate through digital content. ... Dropbox Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242110

Navigating galleries of digital content

One or more embodiments of the present disclosure include a content navigation system that allows a user to search, browse, and otherwise experience a collection of digital content items. For example, the content navigation system can provide a graphical user interface including a scroll element. ... Dropbox Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237109

File sharing via link generation

Users specify that a file set comprising their files, folders, or other content owned by the users should be made accessible via a link, such as a uniform resource locator (url). The system which stores and provides access to the files accordingly creates a link that specifies the file set to be made accessible. ... Dropbox Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237102

Pre-transcoding content items

A content management system pre-transcodes portions of content items provided for storage. When a content item is uploaded to the content management system for storage, the content management system stores the content item in an original format. ... Dropbox Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237090

Streaming of variable length content segments

A content management system streams variable length segments of content items to client devices. The content management system stores a content item and makes the item available for access by one or more client devices. ... Dropbox Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222615

Authorizing an untrusted client device for access on a content management system

A method, system, and manufacture for authorizing an untrusted client device for access on a content management system. The content management system receives a request from an untrusted client device to access content on the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222580

Directing to shared content

A sharer account of a content management system may share a link to a non-synchronized (i.e., read-only) version of a content item, with a recipient that already has access to a synchronized (i.e., read-write) version of the content item. This can possibly be due to the sharer forgetting that the recipient already has access to the synchronized version, the sharer finding it more convenient to share the link, and/or due to various other reasons. ... Dropbox Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222431

Random identifier generation for offline database

Various embodiments of the present technology involve creating a secure unique identifier for a content item to be used in a synchronized content management system while off-line with the synchronized content management system. In some embodiments, securing the unique identifier involves generating a random key and applying a hash function to an input to generate a hash. ... Dropbox Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213101

Method and apparatus for a file sharing and synchronization system

A computer-implemented method is provided for managing and sharing picture files. In one embodiment of the present invention, the method comprises providing a server platform and providing a datastore on the server platform for maintaining full resolution copies of the files shared between a plurality of sharing clients. ... Dropbox Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207844

Content item synchronization by block

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems. The content items are transmitted to the content management system and managed as blocks of data with a fixed size. ... Dropbox Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207769

Deferring messages using control codes in messages

A user operating a messaging client can use control codes to defer messages for later action. For example, a user can defer a message by forwarding the message to herself and including in a field of the message a control code indicating that the message should be deferred until a particular condition is met. ... Dropbox Inc

07/16/15 / #20150201133

System and method for acquiring virtual and augmented reality scenes by a user

A preferred method of acquiring virtual or augmented reality (var) scenes can include at a plurality of locations of interest, providing one or more users with a predetermined pattern for image acquisition with an image capture device and for each of the one or more users, in response to a user input, acquiring at least one image at the location of interest. The method of the preferred embodiment can also include for each of the one or more users, in response to the acquisition of at least one image, providing the user with feedback to ensure a complete acquisition of the virtual or augmented reality scene; and receiving at a remote database, from each of the one or more users, one or more var scenes. ... Dropbox Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199440

Enhancing performance of message search and retrieval

A message management service can enable a client to search and retrieve of messages from one or more messaging services. The message management service can stage delivery of results to the client to reduce response time for identification of messages satisfying a query. ... Dropbox Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199408

Systems and methods for a high speed query infrastructure

In an analytics system, an analyst can analyze data by submitting queries, e.g., through an interface to a database. The analytics system can implement multiple query systems that are each configured to query the database. ... Dropbox Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193347

Predictive caching and fetch priority

Predicting what content items a user finds important and sending those items to a cache on the user's device at times when doing so will not drain resources and will not result in expensive data rates. Applying a ranking function that examines recency and other content metadata associated with the user's content items stored in a synchronized content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188886

Identifying and blocking prohibited content items in a content management system

To identify whether a content item is prohibited, a content management system can generate a content item fingerprint for the content item and then compare the generated content item fingerprint to a blacklist of content item fingerprints for prohibited content items. If the generated content item fingerprint matches any of the content item fingerprints included in the blacklist, the content management system can determine that the content item is prohibited. ... Dropbox Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186432

Migrating content items

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for migrating content items from a source user account to a target user account. A user can specify content items in the source user account to be migrated to an existing or new target user account. ... Dropbox Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186412

Migrating content items

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for migrating content items from a source user account to a target user account. A user can specify content items in the source user account to be migrated to an existing or new target user account. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180984

Systems and methods for maintaining local virtual states pending server-side storage across multiple devices and users and intermittent network connections

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are provided for maintaining local virtual states pending server-side storage across multiple devices and users and intermittent network connections. In exemplary embodiments, content added by a user to his or her account locally on a user device may be displayed, and all interactivity therewith may be facilitated, as if the content had already been created on the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180980

Systems and methods for preserving shared virtual spaces on a content management system

Systems and methods are provided for creating shared virtual spaces (“rooms”). In some embodiments, a share request to share a content item from a sharer to at least one sharee may be received. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180914

Systems and methods for creating shared virtual spaces

Systems and methods are provided for creating shared virtual spaces (“rooms”). A room may be created when a user first shares images with another user. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180846

Pre-authorizing a client application to access a user account on a content management system

A content management system can tag a client installer with an information tag linking the client installer to a user account. The client installer can be configured to install the client-side application on the client device and pass the identification tag to the installed client-side application. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178516

Restricting access to content

Various embodiments restrict or enable access to content items of an account based on login information or content request properties. For example, a synchronized online content management system can receive a request including one or more content request properties from a client device to access a user account. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177954

Sharing content items from a collection

Embodiments are provided for forming share bars including collections of content items. In some embodiments, a user interface may be displayed on a display interface of a user device. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177938

Providing access to a cloud based content management system on a mobile device

A user device has a processing module and a ui module. The processing module may have a permanent connection to the ui module, and an intermittent connection to a content management system over a data network. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177937

Systems and methods for displaying an image capturing mode and a content viewing mode

Embodiments are also provided for displaying an image capturing mode and a content viewing mode. In some embodiments, one or more live images may be received from an image capturing component on a mobile device. ... Dropbox Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177922

Systems and methods for forming share bars including collections of content items

Embodiments are provided for forming share bars including collections of content items. In some embodiments, a user interface may be displayed on a display interface of a user device. ... Dropbox Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172330

Automatic sharing of digital multimedia

Devices and methods for automatic sharing of digital multimedia include, in one embodiment, obtaining factor data affecting a decision on whether or not to enter a digital multimedia sharing mode for an event or meeting; entering the digital multimedia sharing mode based on identifying calendar entry data for the event or meeting stored in a calendar database that satisfies the factor data; storing digital photograph data produced by a camera module while in the sharing mode in a digital multimedia container designated to store digital multimedia for the event or meeting; obtaining participant data for the event or meeting from the calendar entry data; and automatically making the digital photograph data available to the one or more participants based on the participant data.. . ... Dropbox Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172263

Limited-functionality accounts

Using a unique identifier from an electronic device to automatically create a limited-functionality account upon a predetermined event. Basing the limitations on the unique identifier that was used to create the limited-functionality account. ... Dropbox Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172259

System and method for client-side analytic data collection

A portable computing device with methodologies for client-side analytic data collection are described. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed by a portable computing device having non-volatile memory includes the steps of obtaining event information reflecting runtime behavior of an application executing on the portable computing device; cryptographically encrypting the event information; storing the encrypted event information in the non-volatile memory; decrypting the encrypted event information; and sending the decrypted event information to a server over a data network, the decrypted event information encapsulated in a cryptographically secured network data stream when sent over the data network to the server.. ... Dropbox Inc

06/18/15 / #20150172239

Saving message attachments to an online content management system

The disclosed embodiments relate a messaging system, such as an email system, a text-messaging system or an instant-messaging system, that enables a user to save a message attachment to an online content management system (for example, to their dropbox™). The system receives a call from a messaging system associated with the user to save a message attachment to the online content management system, wherein the call includes a link to the message attachment. ... Dropbox Inc

06/18/15 / #20150169207

Systems and methods for generating personalized account reconfiguration interfaces

Embodiments are provided for generating personalized account reconfiguration interfaces to users of a content management system. A user interface including an option to reconfigure a user's account with a content management system may be provided that incorporates the user's own content. ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150163326

Approaches for remotely unzipping content

Various embodiments provide a method for enabling access to content of a compressed content item from a variety of computing devices. For example, upon receiving a compressed content item, an online content management system can decompress the compressed content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150163286

Rapid application development using a content management system

An online content management system enables rapid application development by an application developer using an application development system to create a content application configured to execute on a client device. A designated folder on the application development system is designated for sharing with the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150163261

Content preview including sharable information

A user of a content management system can store one or more content items at the user's account with the system. In some instances, the system can generate and present a preview of a content item of interest (e.g., a content item selected by the user). ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150161466

Systems and methods for automated image cropping

Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention automatically crop images based upon the location of one or more regions of interest (rois) identified within the cropped image. In one embodiment, an image cropping application configures a processor to utilize at least one object detector to identify at least one region of interest within an image. ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150160974

Job-processing systems and methods with inferred dependencies between jobs

An analytics system that executes processing jobs infers dependencies between jobs to be executed based on identification of dependencies between a “sink” job and a source data object on which the sink job depends. Given a job definition for the sink job that identifies a source data object, the system can identify a “source” job that produces the source data object and can infer a dependency of the sink job on the source job. ... Dropbox Inc

06/11/15 / #20150160969

Automated invalidation of job output data in a job-processing system

A computing system can provide user interfaces and back-end operations to facilitate review and invalidation of executed jobs. The system can provide an interface that allows the operator to review quality-control information about a completed job. ... Dropbox Inc

06/04/15 / #20150156274

Systems and methods for managing shared content based on sharing profiles

Content items stored in an online content management service can be organized and shared. Content items can be associated with sharing profiles that include various sharing-specific metadata, such as details of how an item is shared or with whom it is shared. ... Dropbox Inc

06/04/15 / #20150153935

Reservation system

A reservation system associated with an app installed on a user device can be used to regulate access to network-based features of a primary software service offered by the app. Network-based features can include providing access to online content items. ... Dropbox Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149500

Multi-level lookup architecture to facilitate failure recovery

The disclosed embodiments relate to a data storage system that facilitates efficiently recovering from storage device failures. Upon receiving a request to retrieve a data block from the data storage system, the system uses a hash that identifies the data block to look up a bucket and an associated cell containing the data block. ... Dropbox Inc

05/28/15 / #20150149407

Generating and sharing metadata for indexing synchronized content items

Embodiments of the invention generate and share metadata for indexing synchronized content items. A server generates metadata for indexing synchronized content items and manages sharing of the metadata with client devices in accordance with user preferences that may be embodied in metadata generation and sharing management rules. ... Dropbox Inc

05/21/15 / #20150142897

Managing text messages

Message management services for text messages can include converting, modifying, or copying a text message so as to create an email that a corresponds to the text message; adding a subject line to a corresponding email to facilitate grouping, threading, and searching; linking a corresponding email to the original text message to enable a text-message reply to a corresponding email; email-address-lookup services to enable an email reply to a corresponding email; and so on.. . ... Dropbox Inc

04/30/15 / #20150120763

Filtering content using synchronization data

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates access to content. During operation, the system provides access to a set of content items associated with at least one user account in a synchronized content management system through a file chooser on an electronic device. ... Dropbox Inc

04/23/15 / #20150113581

System and method for sharing virtual and augmented reality scenes between users and viewers

A preferred method for sharing user-generated virtual and augmented reality scenes can include receiving at a server a virtual and/or augmented reality (var) scene generated by a user mobile device. Preferably, the var scene includes visual data and orientation data, which includes a real orientation of the user mobile device relative to a projection matrix. ... Dropbox Inc

04/23/15 / #20150113077

Secure sent message identifier

A message management service allows a user to access and manage messages from various message services. The user can access the message management service using a message management client application executing on a client device and can draft messages using the message management client application and send the messages through the different message services. ... Dropbox Inc

04/23/15 / #20150113076

Message thread identification and management

Systems and methods for identifying threads of related messages. A computer can associate messages with threads by storing a thread identifier (thread id) identifying a thread and associating the thread id with a message identifier (message id) of each known message that belongs to the thread. ... Dropbox Inc

04/09/15 / #20150100419

Dynamically customizing user quotas

An online content management system determines a new account configuration to offer to a user, including the price and/or size of a user's quota of storage space in an account on the online content management system, based on usage characteristics of the account. An account management module tracks account usage. ... Dropbox Inc

04/09/15 / #20150097867

System and method for transitioning between interface modes in virtual and augmented reality applications

One preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a method for transitioning a user interface between viewing modes. The method of the preferred embodiment can include detecting an orientation of a mobile terminal including a user interface disposed on a first side of the mobile terminal, wherein the orientation of the mobile terminal includes an imaginary vector originating at a second side of the mobile terminal and projecting in a direction substantially opposite the first side of the mobile terminal. ... Dropbox Inc

04/02/15 / #20150095451

Facilitating access to content from group interactions

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates access to content. During operation, the system detects uploading of the content within a group interaction among a set of users. ... Dropbox Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088817

Heuristics for selecting and saving content to a synced online content management system

Embodiments are provided for using heuristics for selecting and saving content to a synced online content management system. In some embodiments, one or more content items and/or indices thereto may be received within a first application. ... Dropbox Inc

03/26/15 / #20150088646

Systems and methods for generating intelligent account reconfiguration offers

Embodiments are provided for generating intelligent account reconfiguration offers to users of a content management system. The content management system may monitor how a user utilizes available features and/or storage space to determine whether the user would be amenable to an offer to reconfigure their user account. ... Dropbox Inc

03/12/15 / #20150074044

Graph-based data models for partitioned data

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages access to data. During operation, the system provides a graph-based data model of the data, wherein the graph-based model comprises a set of nodes and a set of directed edges among the nodes. ... Dropbox Inc

03/12/15 / #20150071549

Scanbox

Embodiments are provided for content item classification. In some embodiments, an image for classification is received, a compact representation for the image having values indicative of pixel values within the received image is generated, a plurality of angle measurements for possible edges of at least one potential document within the received image are determined, and the image is classified using said compact representation and said plurality of angle measurements. ... Dropbox Inc

02/26/15 / #20150058289

Facilitating data migration between database clusters while the database continues operating

A system for migrating data items from a source cluster to a destination cluster in a database system. During operation, while the database continues to process live database traffic, the system records a current position in an operation log for the database, wherein the operation log comprises a sequential record of operations applied to the database. ... Dropbox Inc

02/19/15 / #20150052430

Gestures for selecting a subset of content items

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable mediums for selecting a subset of content items from a plurality of content items on a user device using various gestures are provided. Such methods may include displaying a plurality of content items on a touch-sensing display interface of a user device, detecting a first tactile gesture on the touch-sensing display interface, the first tactile gesture engaging a selection mode, detecting a second tactile gesture on the touch-sensing display interface, the second touch gesture selecting and placing at least one of the plurality of content items in a subset of content items, and in response to the detected gestures, performing an action with the subset of content items.. ... Dropbox Inc

02/05/15 / #20150040235

Coerced encryption on connected devices

Techniques for coercing users to encrypt synchronized content stored at their personal computing devices. In some aspects, one or more computing devices receive, from a personal computing device, an indication of whether data stored in at least a portion of a storage device of the personal computing device is protected by disk encryption. ... Dropbox Inc

02/05/15 / #20150040068

Referral slider

Various embodiments generally relate to user interface elements informative of referral incentives. In some embodiments, contact information may be obtained for contacts associated with a user of a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039847

Balancing data distribution in a fault-tolerant storage system

The disclosed embodiments relate to a system for managing replicated copies of data items in a storage system. During operation, the system obtains a current configuration of the storage system, wherein the current configuration specifies locations of replicated copies of data items. ... Dropbox Inc

02/05/15 / #20150039738

Techniques for managing unsynchronized content items at unlinked devices

Techniques are described herein for managing unsynchronized content items when the personal computing devices storing the unsynchronized content items are unlinked from a content item synchronization service. The techniques involve treating synchronized content items differently from unsynchronized content items. ... Dropbox Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032829

Identifying relevant content in email

Message management services can include processing an email to identify relevant content from among all content in the email and converting the identified relevant content into a simple, easy-to-read format. For example, message management services can apply multiple parsing strategies to an email. ... Dropbox Inc

01/29/15 / #20150032692

Prioritizing content item synchronization based on sharing

Content items queued for synchronization between a client device and a content management system can be automatically prioritized to improve the sharing process. That is, the content items can be prioritized based on whether a share link has been created to the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026675

Light installer

A light installer can be utilized to improve the installation process of a client-side application. A light installer can be an installer containing only the necessary information to initiate the installation process, such as information necessary for prompting the user for required data and authorizations, communicating with the content management system, downloading additional resources, and installing the client-side application. ... Dropbox Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026257

Music box

Embodiments are provided for a media player. In some embodiments, locally stored media player data is obtained from a first device on at least one of a device setting, a media player setting, and a media player state of a media player module of a web application, the data is stored in a data store of a content management system for a first account, and based on the media player data, locally stored data is selectively synchronized on a second device associated with the first account to provide a continued experience with media on the second device.. ... Dropbox Inc

01/22/15 / #20150026222

Creating unique content item identifiers

The disclosed technology generates unique identifiers for content items in a multi-user network-based content management system. The generated identifiers satisfy at least the properties of, (1) the guid is unique on the local client device; (2) the guid is preserved across reboots, moves, renames, and content item modifications; (3) the guid is not preserved when the content item is copied; and (4) the guid is not reused after a content item is deleted. ... Dropbox Inc

01/15/15 / #20150019654

Coordinated notifications across multiple channels

A server system can provide coordinated event-based notifications to a target user across multiple notification channels. The selection of channels for a particular notification can be based on the type of event underlying the notification, user preferences related to delivery of notifications, and the like. ... Dropbox Inc

01/15/15 / #20150019311

Contact importer

Embodiments are provided for importing contacts. A contact importer leverages the various contacts associated with a user of a content management service to find potential new users and/or customers. ... Dropbox Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012861

Syncing content clipboard

Various embodiments provide a method of providing a clipboard that is available to a user across multiple devices, regardless of the particular semantics governing a particular environment or computing device. In particular, a user having an account linking multiple computing devices can, in one example, sync items stored to a clipboard across each device, thereby enabling the user to cut/copy an item on one device and paste the item on another.. ... Dropbox Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012616

Saving third party content to a content management system

A content management system interacts with a content provider to store content items of the content provider within content storage of the content management system, where it is available to the users. Before obtaining and/or storing a content item of a content provider, the content management system determines whether it already has stored that content item, either for the same user or for other users of the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

01/08/15 / #20150012488

Structured content item synchronization

A content management system defines a synchronization application programming interface (api) used by applications executing on client devices to synchronize content items after the content items are changed. Functions of the api specify changes to the content items in terms of semantically-meaningful locations within the content items, rather than physical file locations. ... Dropbox Inc

01/01/15 / #20150007167

Systems and methods for facilitating installation of software applications

In at least one embodiment, a system for facilitating installation of a software application is provided. The system includes a communications component configured to communicate with external devices, and a processor configured to detect an intent to install the software application to a computing device, cause the communications component to provide an installer of the software application for retrieval by the computing device, and direct the communications components to communicate with a mobile device such that the mobile device serves as a guide in installation of the software application to the computing device.. ... Dropbox Inc








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