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Fingerprint gestures

User authentication for a user device can leverage one or more fingerprint sensor regions capable of detecting and/or recognizing a user's fingerprints. The user can define a fingerprint gesture or sequence of fingerprint gestures as a passcode, with access to a protected function being conditional on the user performing the defined fingerprint gesture or sequence of fingerprint gestures. ... Dropbox Inc

Content item purging

Methods, systems, and computer readable media for content item purging are provided. A contact item purger, such as may be incorporated within a local client application of a content management system running on a user device, may leverage knowledge as to which items have been uploaded to the content management system, and how long such content items have been stored on the user device, to propose items for deletion from the user device so as to reclaim storage space. ... Dropbox Inc

Enriching contact data based on content sharing history in a content management system

A content management system enriches contact records obtained from a client device using user records stored on the content management system. The content management system receives contact records from a client device authorized on a user account of the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

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

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

Selective downloading of shared content items in a constrained synchronization system

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

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

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

Collection folders in a content management system

A content management system allows a user to create a collection folder to which a submitting user can add content items without being able to access content items added to the folder by other submitting users. A collection folder is created in a namespace of a collecting user and folder is made available to multiple submitting users to allow the submitting users to add items to the folder. ... Dropbox Inc

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

Inserting content into an application from an online synchronized content management system

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for inserting content into an application from an online synchronized content management system are disclosed. The system can receive text input into an application at a client device associated with the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

Storage constrained synchronization of shared content items

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

Navigating digital content using visual characteristics of the digital content

One or more embodiments of a digital content system allow a user to conveniently search and/or navigate through a collection of digital content items. In particular, a user can interact with a client device to search for and identify one or more digital content items within a collection of digital content items. ... Dropbox Inc

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

10/20/16 / #20160308967

Collection folder for collecting file submissions via a customizable file request

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder via a customizable file request. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308966

Collection folder for collecting file submissions

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308948

Collection folder for collecting file submissions from authenticated submitters

A content management system for collecting files from one or more authenticated submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308947

Collection folder for collecting and publishing file submissions

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308946

Collection folder for collecting file submissions and recording associated activities

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder and recording activities associated with the collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308945

Collection folder for collecting photos

A content management system for collecting photos from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more photos to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308944

Collection folder for collecting file submissions and scanning for malicious content

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308943

Collection folder for collecting file submissions with comments

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308942

Collection folder for collecting file submissions using facial recognition and a token

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder using facial recognition and a token from the collector. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308883

Collection folder for collecting file submissions and scanning for plagiarism

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308881

Collection folder for collecting file submissions in response to a public file request

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder in response to a public file request. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160308807

Collection folder for collecting file submissions using email

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder using email. ... Dropbox Inc

10/20/16 / #20160306986

Collection folder for collecting file submissions and using facial recognition

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

10/13/16 / #20160301750

Synchronized content library

The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for synchronizing a content library between a content management system and client devices. Each content item in a user's content library is stored on the content management system and a record of each change to the content library is recorded in a content journal. ... Dropbox Inc

10/06/16 / #20160294916

Aggregating and presenting recent activities for synchronized online content management systems

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for aggregating and presenting recent activities for online synchronized content management system are disclosed. The system can identify recent events that are associated with a user account in a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

10/06/16 / #20160292443

Nested namespaces for selective content sharing

Nested namespaces for selective content sharing are provided. In a content management system, content is stored for a plurality of users. ... Dropbox Inc

10/06/16 / #20160292179

Selective synchronization and distributed content item block caching for multi-premises hosting of digital content items

Selective synchronization and distributed content item block cache optimization for multi-premises hosting of digital content items. In one embodiment, for example, a method comprises: detecting an attempt to access a placeholder file corresponding to a content item, the placeholder file stored in the local storage of the computing device; determining one or more identifiers of one or more content item blocks of which the content item is composed; determining any content item blocks of the one or more content item blocks that are not stored in the local storage of the computing device; downloading, from one or more other computing devices coupled to a network to which the computing device is coupled, any content item blocks of the one of more content item blocks that are not stored locally in the local storage of the computing device; and filling the placeholder file with the one or more content item blocks.. ... Dropbox Inc

10/06/16 / #20160291856

Shared workspaces with selective content item synchronization

Shared workspaces with selective content item synchronization. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed at a personal computing device comprises: displaying an actionable shared workspace launcher icon for a shared workspace accessible by a user account held with a content management system; downloading metadata pertaining to the shared workspace from the content management system; downloading one or more content item blocks for a particular content item belonging to the shared workspace from a content item server of the content management system; storing the one or more content item blocks at the personal computing device; and responsive to an activation of an actionable file system icon corresponding to the particular content item, updating display of the corresponding actionable file system icon for the particular content item to indicate that the particular content item is currently configured for offline access.. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285890

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285818

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285817

Commenting in shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285797

Eternal user notifications in shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285796

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285795

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160285702

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160283567

Content item-centric conversation aggregation in shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160283502

Content item templates

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160283184

Content item presentation system

In one aspect, a content item presentation server sends, to a first client of the server, browser-executable instructions implementing a presentation application. The instructions are configured to present, at the first client, at least a portion of a content item in the presentation application with at least one user control of the presentation application for navigating the content item in a particular manner disabled. ... Dropbox Inc

09/29/16 / #20160283085

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/22/16 / #20160277459

System and method for group participation in a digital media presentation

System and method for group participation in a digital media presentation are provided that are capable of selecting digital media items for inclusion in the presentation from multiple participant's accounts thereby creating a group presentation in which digital media items of each participant are included in the presentation. Selections of digital media items for inclusion in the presentation can be made directly at the direction of the participations or inferentially according to a selection algorithm. ... Dropbox Inc

09/22/16 / #20160275197

Personal content item searching system and method

A system and method for enabling a user to use a user computer to search the user's personal content items hosted by an online content management service. In one aspect, the user computer is configured to obtain a search query, use the search query to identify in a local index at the user computer one or more of the user's hosted content items that satisfy the search query, and display, in a graphical user interface at the user computer, a search answer summary for each of the one or more of the user's hosted content items that satisfy the search query.. ... Dropbox Inc

09/08/16 / #20160260176

Collection of transaction receipts using an online content management service

An online content management service can collect and store receipts for a user from a variety of sources, including images captured by the user, messages received for the user at a messaging service or message management service, and/or receipts directly uploaded to the online content management service by a merchant. In the case of receipts provided as messages, a user can interact with a message management service to identify messages as receipts, and the message management service can upload such messages to the online content management service.. ... Dropbox Inc

09/08/16 / #20160259508

Native application collaboration

A secondary device receives presence information for a content item that is synchronized by a content management system with the secondary device and with a primary device. If a user of the primary device is present as indicated by the presence information, a collaboration element is displayed on the secondary device. ... Dropbox Inc

09/01/16 / #20160255092

Unregistered user account generation for content item sharing

Various embodiments of the present technology involve the sharing of a content item though a synchronized content management system (cms) without requiring a user to register or provide login credentials. For example, the cms can receive a request from a first user of a computing device to share a content item with a second user. ... Dropbox Inc

09/01/16 / #20160255088

Application-assisted login for a web browser

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for authenticating a user account with a synchronized content management system are disclosed. A synchronized online content management system may receive a request from a client device to access content in the content management system via a web browser that is running on the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

09/01/16 / #20160253708

Method and system for efficiently serving upsell content based on complex user archetypes

Techniques for efficiently selecting upsell content to serve to users of an online service based on complex user archetypes. Serving upsell content to a user may include selecting upsell content to serve to the user based on efficiently matching the user to a complex user archetype in response to receiving a request from a computing device of the user. ... Dropbox Inc

09/01/16 / #20160253481

Cross-application authentication on a content management system

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for cross-application authentication on a content management system. A client application running at a client device that is not authenticated with a content management system can receive, from a web site associated with the content management system, a request to authenticate with the content management system under a user account used to authenticate a current session between a browser application at the client device and the website with the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

08/25/16 / #20160248630

Automation of networked devices

A networked device management system is in direct communication with a user's networked devices. Alternatively, the networked device management system is in communication with the networked devices via a controller located in proximity to the networked devices. ... Dropbox Inc

08/18/16 / #20160241608

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 based on the factor data; storing digital photograph data produced by a camera module while in the sharing mode and automatically making the digital photograph data available to one or more participants of the event or meeting via a synchronized data container or a shareable link of an online content management system.. . ... Dropbox Inc

08/11/16 / #20160232220

Storage constrained synchronization of shared content items

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/11/16 / #20160232170

Note browser

A notes system is presented with a content management system. The notes system manages creation and distribution of edits to notes to users sharing the notes. ... Dropbox Inc

08/11/16 / #20160232145

Note browser

A notes system is presented with a content management system. The notes system manages creation and distribution of edits to notes to users sharing the notes. ... Dropbox Inc

08/04/16 / #20160226970

Storage constrained synchronization of content items based on predicted user access to shared content items using retention scoring

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/04/16 / #20160226950

System and method for proactively sending hosted content items to user computing devices

A system and method for proactively sending hosted content items to user computing devices. In one implementation, an online content management system collects access event data representing a plurality of access events pertaining a plurality of hosted content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/04/16 / #20160224677

Personal content item searching system and method

Enable using a user computer to search the user's personal content items hosted by an online content management service, the online content management service having an indexer computer configured to generate a base index of the user's content items hosted by the service, a base index server computer configured to transmit the generated base index over a network to the user computer, an index mutation generator computer configured to generate index mutations for subsequent changes to user's hosted content items, and an index mutation sever computer configured to transmit the generated index mutations over the network to the user computer. In one aspect, the system and method enable searches of the user's hosted content items and changes thereto to be conducted at the user computer using an index local to the user computer constructed based on the base index and the index mutations received by the user computer.. ... Dropbox Inc

08/04/16 / #20160224649

Idle state triggered constrained synchronization of shared content items

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

08/04/16 / #20160224517

Modifying native documents with formulas in a preview

A document preview system provides previews of a native document to client devices. To generate the preview of a document, the document preview system generates a preview document that presents the native document in a browser-compatible format including elements that correspond to fields in the native document. ... Dropbox Inc

07/28/16 / #20160219027

Authenticating a user account with a content management system

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for authenticating a user account with a content management system are disclosed. A synchronized content management system may receive an identifier via a first access platform. ... Dropbox Inc

07/14/16 / #20160205111

Shareable content item links with use restrictions

Shareable content item links with use restrictions. In one embodiment, for example, a method comprises: receiving, from a client computing device used by an authenticated link submitter, a first request to access a server-stored content item at a shareable link; wherein the link submitter is authenticated according to a first authentication factor; responsive to receiving the first request, prompting the link submitter to enter/submit a second authentication factor; and providing access to the server-stored content item at the shareable link responsive to receiving the second authentication factor from the link submitter.. ... Dropbox Inc

07/14/16 / #20160203585

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

07/14/16 / #20160203150

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

07/07/16 / #20160198017

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

07/07/16 / #20160196126

System and method for installing a client application using a 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

06/16/16 / #20160173596

Systems and methods for adding digital content to content management service accounts

Systems and methods for adding digital content associated with a first user account within a content management system to a second user account within the content management system. In various embodiments, the system may be configured to allow a user to add digital content to an account within a content management system associated with the user when the user receives a shared link to access digital content associated with an account within the content management system belonging to another user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/26/16 / #20160149899

System and method for non-replayable communication sessions

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for a non-replayable communication system are disclosed. A first device associated with a first user may have a public identity key and a corresponding private identity. ... Dropbox Inc

05/26/16 / #20160147900

Automatic device upload configuration

Various embodiments of the present technology involve the configuration of a wireless-enabled memory card. For example, a client application associated with a content management system (cms) can obtain a computing device's current wireless configuration information, request a temporary authentication token from the cms, encode this information in a visual code, and display this visual code on a display screen of the computing device. ... Dropbox Inc

05/26/16 / #20160147569

Distributed technique for allocating long-lived jobs among worker processes

A distributed computing system that executes a set of long-lived jobs is described. During operation, each worker process performs the following operations. ... Dropbox Inc

05/26/16 / #20160147544

Assisted client application accessibility

Various embodiments provide accessibility features on a computing device. For example, for a setup installer to install a client application for a content management system (cms) that is not accessibility feature enabled, a computing device can output accessibility information to prompt the user to perform an action. ... Dropbox Inc

05/19/16 / #20160140201

Facilitating distributed deletes in a replicated storage system

A data storage system includes multiple zones that comprise separate geographic storage locations and store replicated copies of data items. Upon receiving a delete operation at a local zone at a time td, if a copy of the first data item exists in the local zone, the system computes a maximum last update time tmlu=td−tmin, wherein tmin is a minimum lifetime for a data item. ... Dropbox Inc

05/19/16 / #20160139980

Erasure-coding extents in an append-only storage system

A data storage system stores sets of data blocks in extents located on storage devices. During operation, the system performs an erasure-coding operation by obtaining a set of source extents, wherein each source extent is stored on a different machine in the data storage system. ... Dropbox Inc

05/12/16 / #20160134676

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

05/12/16 / #20160132194

Searching digital content

One or more embodiments allow a user to search a gallery of digital content. In particular, a user can interact with a digital content system to search for, and identify, one or more digital content items (e.g., photos, videos, audio) within a collection of digital content. ... Dropbox Inc

05/05/16 / #20160127855

Proximity based content sharing

A sharing user of a content management system can request to share a content item in his namespace. When such a request is made, the sharing user's client device broadcasts a notification that can be received by devices that are within a limited broadcast range of the sharing client device. ... Dropbox Inc

05/05/16 / #20160125842

Interacting with digital content using multiple applications

One or more embodiments facilitate a user experience in which a user can conveniently switch between different applications on a mobile device for capturing and interacting with digital content. For example, a content navigation system can identify an application installed on a mobile device having content capturing functionality. ... Dropbox Inc

04/28/16 / #20160119431

Communication protocols for an online content management system

In some embodiments, a client application at a client device can receive, from a browser application at the client device, a first message including a unique identifier associated with a session of the browser application at a website associated with a content management system. The client application can extract the unique identifier from the first message, and establish a connection between the client application and the content management system by sending, from the client application to the content management system, a second message including the unique identifier. ... Dropbox Inc

04/28/16 / #20160117344

User re-engagement with online photo management service

An online photo management service that stores a collection of photos belonging to a user can send re-engagement messages to the user that can include photos automatically selected from the collection. The selection can be based on a scoring algorithm that rates the photos according to a set of attributes and computes a score based on the attributes and a set of weights. ... Dropbox Inc

04/28/16 / #20160117289

Modifying native document comments in a preview

A document preview system provides previews of a native document to client devices. The previews include comments associated with native objects in the native document. ... Dropbox Inc

04/07/16 / #20160099903

Identifying communication participants to a recipient of a message

Participant identifiers, or display names, for participants in an electronic communication can be selected such that each participant's display name is unique relative within a defined set of “relevant” participants, such as all participants in an electronic communication exchange or all contacts in a contacts list maintained for a specific user. Selection of display names can be optimized to provide a unique display name for each participant using a reduced or minimized number of characters.. ... Dropbox Inc

03/31/16 / #20160094529

Identifying related user accounts based on authentication data

In some embodiments, upon detecting malicious activity associated with a user account, a content management system can identify other user accounts related to the malicious user account. The content management system can identify related user accounts by comparing authentication information collected for the malicious user account with authentication information collected for other user accounts. ... Dropbox Inc

03/31/16 / #20160092683

Scanning content items based on user activity

In some embodiments, a content management system can initiate a scan of a content item when the content management system detects that activity associated with the content item triggers a scan policy. In some embodiments, a content management system can initiate a scan of a user's account when the content management system detects that activity associated with the content item triggers a scan policy. ... Dropbox Inc

03/31/16 / #20160092491

Synchronizing copies of an extent in an append-only storage system

A append-only data storage system that stores sets of data blocks in extents that are located in storage devices. When an extent becomes full, the system changes the extent from an open state, wherein data can be appended to the extent, to a closed state, wherein data cannot be appended to the extent. ... Dropbox Inc

03/31/16 / #20160092125

Constructing an index to facilitate accessing a closed extent in an append-only storage system

The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of an append-only data storage system that stores sets of data blocks in extents that are located in storage devices in the system. During operation of the system, when an extent becomes full, the system changing the extent from an open state, wherein data can be appended to the extent, to a closed state, wherein data cannot be appended to the extent. ... Dropbox Inc

03/31/16 / #20160092124

Append-only storage system supporting open and closed extents

The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of an append-only data storage system that stores sets of data blocks in extents that are located in storage devices in the system. During operation of the system, when an extent is in an open state, the system allows data blocks to be appended to the extent, and disallows operations to be performed on the extent that are incompatible with data being concurrently appended to the extent. ... Dropbox Inc

03/24/16 / #20160085421

Highlighting message addressees

In some implementations, a graphical user interface of an electronic messaging system can highlight addressees of a message in a group of candidate message recipients. For example, the graphical user interface can present graphical objects corresponding to candidate message recipients. ... Dropbox Inc

03/17/16 / #20160078048

System and method for organizing files based on a unique identification code

A system for determining a time that a file was created and associating an id with the file based on the file creation time is disclosed. The system adjusts the creation time by a time zone offset. ... Dropbox Inc

03/10/16 / #20160072922

Managing edits of content items

One or more embodiments provide features for managing and editing content items. In particular, one or more embodiments enable one or more users to access and modify content items from one of multiple client devices without requiring storage of the content item locally on the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

03/03/16 / #20160065517

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

03/03/16 / #20160063230

Fingerprint gestures

User authentication for a user device can leverage one or more fingerprint sensor regions installed in the device capable of detecting and/or recognizing a user's fingerprints. The user can define a fingerprint gesture or sequence of fingerprint gestures as a passcode, with access to a protected function being conditional on the user performing the defined fingerprint gesture or sequence of fingerprint gestures. ... Dropbox Inc

03/03/16 / #20160062839

Undo changes on a client device

In some implementations, a user can be notified when a content item operation initiated by the user on a client device may render a shared or linked content item inaccessible to the user or others. The notification can give the user an option to undo the content item operation. ... Dropbox Inc

02/25/16 / #20160055248

Multi-user search system with methodology for personal searching

A multi-user search system with methodology for personal searching. In one embodiment, for example, a system for personal searching includes a plurality of index servers storing a plurality of index shards. ... Dropbox Inc

02/25/16 / #20160055188

Multi-user search system with methodology for instant indexing

A multi-user search system with methodology for instant indexing. In one embodiment, for example, a system for instant indexing includes a token store storing sets of tokens for current versions of documents. ... Dropbox Inc

02/25/16 / #20160055185

Multi-user search system with methodology for personalized search query autocomplete

A multi-user search system with methodology for personalized search query autocomplete. In one embodiment, for example, a method for personalized search query autocomplete includes receiving, from an end-user computing device of an authenticated user, a completion search query including a completion token; determining an identifier of an authorized document namespace the authenticated user is permitted to access; generating an index key including the authorized document namespace identifier as a prefix and the completion token as a suffix; accessing an index dictionary with the index key to identify and iterate over a plurality of prefixed index tokens until a stop condition is reached, each of the plurality of prefixed index tokens including the authorized document namespace identifier as a prefix and the each index token as a suffix, the completion token being a prefix of or matching the each index token; and for each prefixed index token of the plurality of prefixed index tokens, determining whether any documents identified in a postings list associated with the each prefixed index token satisfies the completion query, and returning filenames of any such documents satisfying the completion query in an answer to the completion query.. ... Dropbox Inc

02/25/16 / #20160055143

Multi-user search system with methodology for bypassing instant indexing

Multi-user computer search system with methodology for bypassing instant indexing of documents. In some embodiments, for example, a system for bypassing instant indexing includes a token store storing a set of token for a current version of a document and a tokenizer server configured to tokenize a new version of the document and to generate a set of tokens for the new version of the document. ... Dropbox Inc

02/18/16 / #20160050290

System and method of creating unique profiles on a social networking site

A social networking system enables users to join multiple user groups and create separate profiles for each group they join on the site. Each profile has a default set of user fields and a set of customized, administrator-created fields. ... Dropbox Inc

02/18/16 / #20160050211

Access management using electronic images

Techniques are described for an access management system to manage access to a service (e.g., a message management service). A client can receive a message including an electronic image from a messaging service. ... Dropbox Inc

02/18/16 / #20160050177

Managing drafts of electronic documents across client devices

Techniques are described for managing drafts of an electronic document (e.g., an electronic note, an electronic message, an electronic calendar invitation, and/or other types of electronic documents) between client devices. Such an electronic document can be composed using different clients, such that composing the document can be continued using different clients. ... Dropbox Inc

02/18/16 / #20160050157

Consolidating messages in a message queue

In some implementations, state messages can be queued at a server device for transmission to a disconnected client device when the client device reconnects to the server device. To conserve resources, queued state messages can be consolidated, combined and/or deleted.. ... Dropbox Inc

02/11/16 / #20160042324

Techniques for managing calendar invites received from different messaging services

Embodiments of the present invention improve the calendar invite experience by providing a unified interface for managing calendar invites, regardless of the originating calendar service/messaging provider. When a calendar invite is received, the relevant information (date, time, location, etc.) is parsed from the invite and presented to the user through a calendar invite user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

02/11/16 / #20160042249

Event-based image classification and scoring

Embodiments of the present invention analyze and score each image associated with a group to determine representative image or images for the group. Such analysis can include detecting objects shown in the images, determining the quality of the images, and/or contextually analyzing the images as a group. ... Dropbox Inc

02/11/16 / #20160041707

Display of a plurality of files from multiple devices

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

02/11/16 / #20160041706

Display of a plurality of files from multiple devices

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

02/11/16 / #20160041705

Display of a plurality of files from multiple devices

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

02/04/16 / #20160036802

Placing a user account in escrow

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for placing a user account in escrow to remove it from an administered account. An employee and/or an employer can select to remove a user account from an administered account associated with the employer. ... Dropbox Inc

02/04/16 / #20160034844

Collaborative task management and completion

An interface for editing content items permits users to enter tasks and designate metadata relating to the tasks, such as an assigned user for the task, a deadline for the task, and a category of the task. A content item browser presents content items to a user along with a summary of the task completion of tasks within the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160028852

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028815

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

01/28/16 / #20160028814

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028813

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028812

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028811

System, method, and computer program for enabling a user to access and edit via a virtual drive objects synchronized to a plurality of synchronization clients

A system, method, and computer program are provided for enabling a user to edit and access local and remote objects via a virtual drive, including objects synchronized to a plurality of synchronization clients. A virtual drive is displayed on the user's local client device with all objects, which a user has synchronized to a synchronization server. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160028810

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028809

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160028796

System, method, and computer program for enabling a user to synchronize, manage, and share folders across a plurality of client devices and a synchronization server

A system, method, and computer program are provided for enabling a user to synchronize, manage, and share files and folders across a plurality of client devices and a synchronization server. In a user interface, a first view displays all folders, which a user has synchronized to the synchronization server and a drop-target zone to which the user is able to drag a folder from the local device to synchronize the folder with the synchronization server. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160028593

User interface for viewing items in a synchronization system

In a synchronization system, the present invention provides an improved user interface through which a user can view and manage settings associated with the user's account in the synchronization system. In the preferred embodiment, a column is displayed for each electronic device associated with the user's account in the synchronization system. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160026896

Presentation and organization of content

Embodiments are provided for organization and presentation of content. In some embodiments, a plurality of images and a plurality of similarity rules for image categorization are received. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160026815

Collection folders in a content management system

A content management system allows a user to create a collection folder to which a submitting user can add content items without being able to access content items added to the folder by other submitting users. A collection folder is created in a namespace of a collecting user and folder is made available to multiple submitting users to allow the submitting users to add items to the folder. ... Dropbox Inc

01/28/16 / #20160026704

Method and apparatus for a file sharing 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

01/28/16 / #20160026348

System, method, and computer program for enabling a user to synchronize, manage, and share folders across a plurality of client devices and a synchronization server

A system, method, and computer program are provided for enabling a user to synchronize, manage, and share files and folders across a plurality of client devices and a synchronization server. In a user interface, a first view displays all folders, which a user has synchronized to the synchronization server and a drop-target zone to which the user is able to drag a folder from the local device to synchronize the folder with the synchronization server. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160021115

Unregistered user account generation for content item sharing

Various embodiments of the present technology involve the sharing of a content item though a synchronized content management system (cms) without requiring a user to register or provide login credentials. For example, the cms can receive a request from a first user of a computing device to share a content item with a second user. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160021089

Content delivery subscription

Various embodiments of the present technology involve a synchronized content management system (cms) automatically receiving and storing content items associated with a digital content subscription in a single location. For example, the cms can establish and maintain a persistent relationship with various service providers that enable the service providers to push content items to a respective user account at the cms. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160019521

Content item delivery for payment

Various embodiments of the present technology involve the delivery of digital content via a synchronized content management system (cms) in return for a payment. For example, a first user could send a share link containing a content item to a second user. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160019438

Presentation and organization of content

Embodiments are provided for organization and presentation of content. In some embodiments, a plurality of images and a plurality of similarity rules for image categorization are received. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160019234

Application recommendation using stored files

The disclosed technology can enable files to be stored with a networked environment. The files can be associated with information (e.g., properties) such as a file name, a file type, a date/time at which a respective file was last accessed, a number of times a respective file was accessed, data representing the contents of a respective file, and other information. ... Dropbox Inc

01/21/16 / #20160019210

Sharing unmanaged content using a content management system

In some implementations, a subscriber to an online content management system can share content items that are external to the subscriber's content library. A computing device can include managed content items associated with the subscriber's content library. ... Dropbox Inc

01/14/16 / #20160012287

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








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