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Inventor:
Svendsen; Hugh
Address:
Chapel Hill, NC
No. of patents:
33
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8583791 Maintaining a minimum level of real time media recommendations in the absence of online friends November 12, 2013
The present invention provides a peer-to-peer (P2P) network for providing real time media recommendations. The P2P network includes a central server interconnecting a number of peer devices. In operation, a proxy function of the central server receives media recommendations from one or
8577874 Tunersphere November 5, 2013
Systems and methods for providing representative information for a geographic area of interest are disclosed. In one embodiment, a media service tracks media interaction histories (e.g., play histories) for a number of users registered with the media service, where each media interac
8285811 Aggregating media collections to provide a primary list and sorted sub-lists October 9, 2012
Systems and methods are provided for aggregating a local media collection of a user with one or more shared media collections shared with the user to provide an aggregate media collection for the user. In general, one or more shared media collections shared with the user are first discov
8285810 Aggregating media collections between participants of a sharing network utilizing bridging October 9, 2012
Systems and methods are provided for aggregating a local media collection of a user with one or more shared media collections shared with the user to provide an aggregate media collection for the user. In general, one or more shared media collections shared with the user are first discov
8285776 System and method for processing a received media item recommendation message comprising recomme October 9, 2012
A system and method for processing a received media item recommendation message is disclosed. A recipient receives the media item recommendation message which includes a media item identifier of a media item and presence information of a recommender of the media item in association w
8285595 System and method for refining media recommendations October 9, 2012
An archiving system is provided for archiving a user's media collection and refining recommendations made to the user by an e-commerce service, such as an e-commerce website, based on the archive of the user's media collection. In general, a central archiving system interacts with a user
8281002 Method and system for providing notification of the availability of a peer computer in a peer-to October 2, 2012
The invention includes a system and method for providing notification of the availability of a peer computer in a peer-to-peer network. The system includes a peer network server (PNS) configured to provide the peer-to-peer network. The PNS receives a request for access to the peer co
8224899 Method and system for aggregating media collections between participants of a sharing network July 17, 2012
Systems and methods are provided for aggregating a local media collection of a user with one or more shared media collections shared with the user to provide an aggregate media collection for the user. In general, one or more shared media collections shared with the user are first discov
8185579 System and method for obtaining media content for a portable media player May 22, 2012
A system and method are provided for enabling a portable media player to obtain media content from secondary systems, such as other portable media players, via local wireless communication. In general, the portable media player stores proxy information identifying the media content of a
8122142 Obtaining and displaying status updates for presentation during playback of a media content stre February 21, 2012
Systems and methods are provided for obtaining status updates relevant to a segment of a media content stream for presentation during playback. In general, a status updating service collects status updates sent by users via corresponding mobile devices of the users. A media playback devi
8117193 Tunersphere February 14, 2012
Methods and systems are provided for identifying one or more media items played within a geographic area selected by a user. In one embodiment, a media service tracks play histories for a number of users registered with the media service, where each play history identifies media items pl
8090606 Embedded media recommendations January 3, 2012
A system and method for embedding recommendations on a portable media player are provided. In general, recommendations for media presentations stored or to be stored on the portable media player are generated by a recommendation engine hosted by an external system such as, for example,
8060525 Method and system for generating media recommendations in a distributed environment based on tag November 15, 2011
A computer-implemented method and system are provided for generating media recommendations in a media recommendation network. Aspects of the method and system include receiving by a server a plurality of play histories of media items from a plurality of users of devices, wherein at l
8060477 System and method for archiving a media collection November 15, 2011
A system and method for archiving a user's media collection are provided. In general, a central archiving system stores high-quality versions of a number of known media files and a number of known encoding algorithms. First, each media file in the user's media collection and an encoding
8059646 System and method for identifying music content in a P2P real time recommendation network November 15, 2011
A peer-to-peer (P2P) network for providing real time media recommendations is provided. The media recommendations may be song recommendations or video recommendations. Each time a media presentation is played by a peer device, the peer device provides a recommendation identifying the
8001124 System and method for tagging images based on positional information August 16, 2011
A system and method for suggesting keywords for tagging a digital image are provided. In general, a requesting node is communicatively coupled to a keyword service via a network. The requesting node sends a request to the keyword service requesting suggested keywords for a digital image.
7970922 P2P real time media recommendations June 28, 2011
Systems and methods are described for providing peer-to-peer (P2P) media recommendations. In one embodiment, a central streaming media service operates to stream media presentations to user devices of users. For each user desiring to send and receive recommendations, each time a media
7941764 System and method for assigning user preference settings for a category, and in particular a med May 10, 2011
A system and method for assigning user preference settings for fields in a category using selected settings for only a subset of the media category fields is disclosed. A subset of fields for a media category is defined. A base setting for each field in the subset of the category fie
7921223 Protected distribution and location based aggregation service April 5, 2011
A system for and method of per access-point streaming media customization and privacy protected feedback in a wireless network. The system is operative to: encrypt real time streamed media content from a streaming media source; multicast the streamed encrypted media content for avail
7913164 Serving an image in multiple formats from a photohosting website March 22, 2011
A method and system for serving an image in multiple formats from a photohosting site is disclosed. The method and system include storing a set of format parameters and respective parameter values in a configuration file. When a request for a modified image containing one or more of
7865522 System and method for hyping media recommendations in a media recommendation system January 4, 2011
Systems and methods for allowing media recommendations to be hyped in a media recommendation system. Recommenders desiring to emphasize a particular media recommendations sent to recipients can "hype" the media recommendation. Hyping is a request for the media recommendation to be us
7853712 Activity indicators in a media sharing system December 14, 2010
A system and method are provided for generating and displaying one or more indicators indicative of a level of activity within a media sharing system. In one embodiment, with respect to a user participating in the media sharing system, an indicator representative of an activity level of
7822746 System and method for tagging images based on positional information October 26, 2010
A system and method for suggesting keywords for tagging a digital image are provided. In general, a requesting node is communicatively coupled to a keyword service via a network. The requesting node sends a request to the keyword service requesting suggested keywords for a digital image.
7797399 Method and system for allowing distributed importing of guest images in a peer-based photosharin September 14, 2010
The present invention provides a method and system for allowing distributed importing of images in a peer-based photosharing network comprising a peer network server and a plurality of peers. Aspects of the present invention include allowing a peer owner of a destination peer to acce
7765192 System and method for archiving a media collection July 27, 2010
A system and method for archiving a user's media collection are provided. In general, a central archiving system stores high-quality versions of a number of known media files and a number of known encoding algorithms. First, each media file in the user's media collection and an encoding
7752265 Source indicators for elements of an aggregate media collection in a media sharing system July 6, 2010
A system and method are disclosed for providing source indicators for one or more elements of an aggregate media collection of a user in a media sharing system. In one embodiment, a local media collection of a user is aggregated with one or more shared media collections hosted by cor
7747574 System and method for archiving digital media June 29, 2010
A network based system for archiving digital assets based on keywords associated with the digital assets is provided. In general, digital assets residing at a client node are each tagged with one or more keywords. One or more of the keywords are then identified as archiving keywords,
7734589 System and method for optimizing data uploading in a network based media sharing system June 8, 2010
A system and method for optimizing the uploading of digital assets from a client node to a central node in a digital asset sharing system are provided. Digital assets residing at a client node are each tagged with one or more keywords. The client node sends a list of the keywords used
7680959 P2P network for providing real time media recommendations March 16, 2010
A peer-to-peer (P2P) network for providing real time media recommendations is provided. The media recommendations may be song recommendations or video recommendations. Each time a media presentation is played by a peer device, the peer device provides a recommendation identifying the med
7603434 Central system providing previews of a user's media collection to a portable media player October 13, 2009
A system and method for providing previews of media files from a user's media collection to an associated portable media player are provided. In general, media files from the user's media collection are selected based on a play history of the user and optionally a user profile of the use
7571119 Method and system for supporting secure transactions in a peer-to-peer network August 4, 2009
At least two computer systems in a peer-to-peer network are utilized to support a secure transaction. Aspects of the present invention include allowing a shopper to create an order to purchase one or more digital assets stored on a first computer system in the peer-to-peer network, and
7502795 Network-based photosharing architecture March 10, 2009
A method and system for providing a network-based photosharing service is disclosed. The photosharing service includes a central photosharing site having a server, and a plurality of peer nodes each containing digital images. The method and system include associating metadata with each
7444388 System and method for obtaining media content for a portable media player October 28, 2008
A system and method are provided for enabling a portable media player to obtain media content from secondary systems, such as other portable media players, via local wireless communication. In general, the portable media player stores proxy information identifying the media content of a










 
 
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