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System for rebuilding dispersed data

A digital data file storage system is disclosed in which original data files to be stored are dispersed using some form of information dispersal algorithm into a number of file “slices” or subsets in such a manner that the data in each file share is less usable or less recognizable or completely unusable or completely unrecognizable by itself except when combined with some or all of the other file shares. These file shares are stored on separate digital data storage devices as a way of increasing privacy and security. As dispersed file shares are being transferred to or stored on a grid of distributed storage locations, various grid resources may become non-operational or may operate below at a less than optimal level. When dispersed file shares are being written to a dispersed storage grid which not available, the grid clients designates the dispersed data shares that could not be written at that time on a Rebuild List. In addition when grid resources already storing dispersed data become non-available, a process within the dispersed storage grid designates the dispersed data shares that need to be recreated on the Rebuild List. At other points in time a separate process reads the set of Rebuild Lists used to create the corresponding dispersed data and stores that data on available grid resources.
Owner:PURE STORAGE

Metadata management system for an information dispersed storage system

Briefly, the present invention relates to an information dispersal sytem in which original data to be stored is separated into a number of data “slices” in such a manner that the data in each subset is less usable or less recognizable or completely unusable or completely unrecognizable by itself except when combined with some or all of the other data subsets. These data subsets are stored on separate storage devices as a way of increasing privacy and security. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, a metadata management system stores and indexes user files across all of the storage nodes. A number of applications run on the servers supporting these storage nodes and are responsible for controlling the metadata. Metadata is the information about the data, the data slices or data subsets and the way in which these data subsets are dispersed among different storage nodes running over the network. As used herein, metadata includes data source names, their size, last modification date, authentication information etc. This information is required to keep track of dispersed data subsets among all the nodes in the system. Every time new data subsets are stored and old ones are removed from the storage nodes, the metadata is updated. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the metadata management system stores metadata for dispersed data where: The dispersed data is in several pieces. The metadata is in a separate dataspace from the dispersed data. Accordingly, the metadata management system is able to manage the metadata in a manner that is computationally efficient relative to known systems in order to enable broad use of the invention using the types of computers generally used by businesses, consumers and other organizations currently.
Owner:PURE STORAGE

Billing system for information dispersal system

ActiveUS20070174192A1Less usableLess recognizableFinanceComputer security arrangementsInformation dispersalOriginal data
A billing process is disclosed for a information dispersal system or digital data storage system. In one embodiment of the invention, the original data to be stored is separated into a number of data “slices” or shares in such a manner that the data in each subset is less usable or less recognizable or completely unusable or completely unrecognizable by itself except when combined with some or all of the other data subsets. These data subsets are stored on separate digital data storage devices as a way of increasing privacy and security. As dispersed file shares are being stored or removed from a grid of distributed storage locations, a set of metadata tables are created, separate from the dispersed file share storage, to maintain information about the original data size of each block, file or set of file shares dispersed on the grid. The original data size information in these separate metadata tables is used to determine usage information based upon the original file size even though the file has been dispersed onto a storage grid that contains file slices who size may not relate to the original file size and the file slices may have been compressed by the system in order to reduce storage space or improve transmission time. As such, the billing process is able to enable a broad range of commercial billing options for billing for commercial data services on an information dispersal grid.
Owner:PURE STORAGE

Digital data storage system

An efficient method for breaking source data into smaller data subsets and storing those subsets along with coded information about some of the other data subsets on different storage nodes such that the original data can be recreated from a portion of those data subsets in an efficient manner.
Owner:PURE STORAGE

Method and apparatus for online advertising

InactiveUS20050086605A1Increase individual privacyFacilitate group interactionProgram controlSpecial data processing applicationsComputer usersUser interface
A method of online advertising allows a plurality of computer users to communicate via a set of interconnected terminals allows for shared online experiences. A plurality of terminals, each having a user interface, connect to a server or network through a portal rather than directly to the server. On occasion and when initiated by the users, one terminal serves as a leader terminal, and each terminal has an interface that provides access to the terminal. Each terminal connects to the portal so that it can send and receive data and commands between each of the plurality of terminals and the portal through the portal, and display advertising messages generated at the portal. The portal then connects to a server using a telecommunications connection to provide the informational content resident thereon desired by the user.
Owner:FERRER MIGUEL +1

Content-targeted advertising for interactive computer-based applications

InactiveUS20060167747A1Reduce user experienceUser privacy is enhancedMarketingUser privacyContent analytics
The subject invention provides a unique system and method that facilitates providing content-targeted advertising to a user based at least in part on the content of a user action. The user action can be performed in connection with an outbound messaging system, a real-time messaging system such as a chat or instant messaging, a game environment, and / or calendaring system. The system and method analyze at the least the content of an outbound message and then present a content-targeted advertisement based on the content of the message. The same can be done with respect to calendar entries. However, outbound and inbound calendar entries, invitations, and responses to invitations can be analyzed for content and have content-targeted advertisements presented to the sender or receiver of such items. User privacy can be maintained and / or increased by allowing a user to opt out of content-targeting advertisements. Reasons for being targeted can also be provided to the user.
Owner:MICROSOFT TECH LICENSING LLC

Portable electronic data storage and retreival system for group data

Methods and apparatus for providing and using a portable electronic data storage and information retrieval system for healthcare and / or other types of applications are described. Each portable storage device (PSD) (e.g., smart card) for a group, e.g., household, allows the storage and retrieval of household level information in addition to individual household member data / information. Data / information is stored corresponding to different applications. The PSD is accessed by a service provider's computer system. Access to the data / information is secured via authentication and / or various encryption techniques. Various service providers or types of service providers have access to different portions of the information stored on the portable storage device based upon pre-arranged agreements and / or service needs. Access is controlled through security information and / or security modules which are used to limit access. Service providers can update network based information databases and / or update the information on the PSD, e.g., to indicate a particular service or treatment.
Owner:HITACHI AMERICA

Method and apparatus for improved private messaging

An improved method and apparatus for private messaging is disclosed. In one embodiment, a first device transmits a message to a second device via a server. The message is displayed on the second device without any identification of the sender, and the message disappears after a predetermined time period and is permanently deleted from the first device, second device, and server. In another embodiment, the second device sends communications to the server indicating that the second device received the message, opened the message, and deleted the message, and the server sends those communications to the first device.
Owner:CRIPTEXT

Method and apparatus for using Caller ID information in a browser of a mobile communication device

A mobile telephone comprises a telephony unit to process wireless telephony signals and a browser to enable the user to navigate hypermedia information via a wireless network. The telephony unit receives a signal indicating an incoming telephone call with Caller-ID information. The telephony unit provides the Caller-ID information to the browser, which uses the Caller-ID information to identify an action or data previously associated with the Caller-ID information. In one embodiment, the browser looks up ring tone data associated with the Caller-ID information and provides the ring tone data to the telephony unit, which causes a ring tone to be generated based on the ring tone data. Distinctive ring tones may be associated with particular callers or groups of callers. The browser may request ring tone data from a remote server over the wireless network.
Owner:UNWIRED PLANET

Method and apparatus for network content distribution using a personal server approach

A method and apparatus providing network content distribution using a personal server approach is disclosed. A receiving client is provided with a personal server that can select, aggregate, and organize one or more channels of content in a virtual display space of the client. Selection, aggregation, and organization information is stored only locally. Raw data representing content is stored at a logically separate server across a network. Periodically the personal server requests updated content from the server and stores the content in a local channel database. The personal server synthesizes or generates one or more electronic documents containing the content, based on user-defined virtual space specifications and page organization information. The personal server then presents the electronic documents to a browser or other client element. Unlike past approaches that involve distributing fully formatted content to clients, the personal server can receive raw data, replace tokens in the raw data with other content, obtain embedded channel data, and render pages locally, using a conventional browser, without requiring use of a proprietary viewer, and without sending channel selections and other personal information across the network to an untrusted server.
Owner:TAMIRAS PER PTE LTD LLC

Methods for matching, selecting, narrowcasting, and/or classifying based on rights management and/or other information

Rights management information is used at least in part in a matching, narrowcasting, classifying and / or selecting process. A matching and classification utility system comprising a kind of Commerce Utility System is used to perform the matching, narrowcasting, classifying and / or selecting. The matching and classification utility system may match, narrowcast, classify and / or select people and / or things, non-limiting examples of which include software objects. The Matching and Classification Utility system may use any pre-existing classification schemes, including at least some rights management information and / or other qualitative and / or parameter data indicating and / or defining classes, classification systems, class hierarchies, category schemes, class assignments, category assignments, and / or class membership. The Matching and Classification Utility may also use at least some rights management information together with any artificial intelligence, expert system, statistical, computational, manual, or any other means to define new classes, class hierarchies, classification systems, category schemes, and / or assign persons, things, and / or groups of persons and / or things to at least one class.
Owner:INTERTRUST TECH CORP

Abstractions and automation for enhanced sharing and collaboration

The present invention provides methods for using abstractions of people, including dynamic and static groups of people, to enhance the efficiency of the specification and automation of policies for sharing information between users with a “need-to-know.” An instance of the present invention can also provide these users information based on a “time-to-know.” By providing access to information based on group affiliation and properties of the content of the information, the present invention maintains optimal information privacy while minimizing encumbrances to sharing data with appropriate users and even at appropriate times. The present invention can be integrated with other communication technologies to facilitate access to information in a time appropriate manner. Other instances of the present invention employ automated and semi-automated, mixed-initiative techniques, to make information-sharing decisions. Additional instances of the present invention include the employment of machine-learning techniques to facilitate construction of access policies from the actions or profile of a single user or a community of users, including the construction of automated sharing agents that work in an automated or mixed-initiative manner to respond to real-time requests for information.
Owner:MICROSOFT TECH LICENSING LLC

System and method for correlating user data from a content provider and user data from an advertising provider that is stored on autonomous systems

An autonomous correlation system correlates user data from a content provider and advertising view data from an advertising provider, wherein the user data is present on one autonomous system and the advertising view data is present on another autonomous system distinct from the one autonomous system, the systems being autonomous in that each is normally secured against unconstrained access by another. The autonomous correlation system comprises logic to accept a first message from a user, wherein the first message contains an indication of an object being presented to the user, the object being at least one of a content page and an advertisement, a first user identifier associated with the user by a presenter of the object; a reference database for storing an association between the first user identifier and the user; logic to accept a second message from the user, wherein the second message contains an indication of an object being presented to the user, the object being at least one of a content page and an advertisement, a second user identifier associated with the user by a presenter of the object; wherein the reference database stores an association between the second user identifier and the user.
Owner:PINTEREST

Aircraft cabin seat configuration with enhanced ingress/egress

InactiveUS6305644B1Enhanced ingres and egressEnhanced and egressVehicle seatsSeating arrangementsAirplaneNacelle
A passenger seat configuration for an aircraft cabin having a fuselage wall with windows therein and an aisle for permitting movement within the cabin. The configuration includes an outboard seating unit for being positioned adjacent the fuselage wall of the aircraft, the outboard seating unit having a primary scat formed of a seat back and seat bottom, and a forwardly spaced-apart ottoman movable with respect to each other to define upright, semi-reclined and fully reclined positions. An inboard seating unit is provided for being positioned adjacent the at least one aisle and between the inboard seating unit and the aisle, the inboard seating unit having a primary seat formed of a seat back and a seat bottom, and a forwardly spaced-apart, free-standing ottoman movable with respect to each other to define upright, semi-reclined and fully reclined positions, the primary seat and ottoman of the inboard seating unit being positioned aft of the primary seat and ottoman of the outboard seating unit. The ottoman of the outboard seating unit and the ottoman of the inboard seating unit are independently movable relative to each other whereby the outboard ottoman is movable to a position relative to any position of the inboard ottoman to thereby provide space between the inboard ottoman and outboard ottoman for the outboard passenger to ingress to and egress from the outboard primary seat between the inboard ottoman and outboard ottoman and forward of the inboard ottoman to the aisle.
Owner:B E AEROSPCAE

Mobile phone telephone and message anti-disturbance and private communication method and system

InactiveCN101184264AImprove filtering effectOptimize the effect of anti-harassmentRadio/inductive link selection arrangementsSubstation equipmentPrivate communicationSocial statistics
The invention relates to a processing method and the system of anti-harassment of mobile phone calls and messages and private communication, which is as follow: when grouping the contacts in the mobile phone address list according to different classes, a private group of private communicating contacts is added, and different scene modes of the user are set; when receiving a mobile phone call or a message (text message, multimedia message), depending on the grouping sort of the contact of the incoming call or the message or the multimedia message, and the current scene of the user, together with the behavior characteristics of the harassing call and the spam message with the database information of the public harassing message issued by the authoritative institution or obtained from social statistics, the corresponding process to the call, the message and the multimedia message of the mobile phone is executed to reduce harassment; meanwhile the communication records of incoming, dialed calls and message, multimedia message with the contacts in the private grouping are encrypted and preserved to protect the personal privacy of the user. The invention has the advantages of adopting the operating steps of uniform process, and resolving synthetically the harassment of calls, messages and multimedia messages for the mobile phone and the private protection.
Owner:BEIJING NETQIN TECH

Voice control method and system for electronic device

The invention discloses a voice control method and system for an electronic device. The voice control method comprises the following steps: voice information of a user is acquired; a voice print feature of the user is extracted from the voice information; the voice print feature of the user is matched with voice print templates prestored in a voice print template base; when the voice print feature of the user is matched with one voice print template, the identity of the user is determined, and a prestored operation instruction base of the user is called; voice content is extracted from the voice information; the voice content is matched with operation instructions in the operation instruction base of the user; when the voice content is matched with one operation instruction in the operation instruction base of the user, the operation instruction is executed. According to the voice control method and system for the electronic device, the identity of a legal user of the electronic device is verified by matching the voice print feature of the user, so that illegal operation by illegal users is effectively prevented, and the safety and the privacy of the electronic device are improved; the operation instructions are executed by matching the voice content of the user, so that voice control is realized.
Owner:SHENZHEN ARATEK BIOMETRICS TECH CO LTD
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