The invention provides a method and apparatus for pipelining the transformation of information between heterogeneous sets of data sources. The invention avoids intermediate data staging by constructing metadata that allow the acquisition of data in an order that matches the order in which the target data must be delivered. In a further feature of the invention, the acquisition, transformation, and delivery stages of an interface between two applications are pipelined as three processes that execute simultaneously on a continuous flow of data. Pipelining is a well-known technology that has been in use in operating systems, such as UNIX pipes and more recently by Torrent systems, to optimize the usage of multiprocessor machines. Uniquely, the invention applies pipelining technology to data transformation between heterogeneous data sources. … [Read more...] about Google Acquires More IBM Patents In September
September 27 2000
Like a number of the other patents included in this post, this patent aims at considering unsafe conditions concerning the surrounding environment, a vehicle and its driver, and communicating that information to surrounding vehicles to enable them to take action, such as slowing down. This one includes information about safety features on other cars and possible problems with those vehicles themselves. … [Read more...] about Google Self Driving Cars Get Jumpstart from IBM Patents
The service can detect and detain damaging or unwanted messages, such as spam, viruses or other junk e-mail messages, and route electronic messages from various sources covering a variety of topics to wired and wireless destinations, apart from the intended recipient e-mail address, in various formats. … [Read more...] about Google’s New Acquisition Postini and their Patent Filings
A method and apparatus for implementing a heuristic user interface for a mobile device that assists a user with the management and utilization of contact identifiers (e.g. phone numbers, facsimile numbers, email addresses and uniform resource identifiers (URIs)). Content stored on or being processed by a mobile device is analyzed for the presence of predetermined classes of contact identifiers. When a contact identifier belonging to one of the predetermined classes is encountered, it is presented to the user of the mobile device on the display screen and the user interface of the mobile device is provisioned (e.g., softkey assignments and screen displays) for the particular class of contact identifier encountered. The encountered contact identifiers may be used as direct contact identifiers or indirect contact identifiers. Direct contact identifiers are used to initialize the appropriate application for the class of identifier encountered (e.g. an email application for an email contact … [Read more...] about Google’s Acquisition of Myriad Group Phone Patents
The idea of Google providing a feature that appears on other peoples' websites probably should be a little disturbing, especially if it might potentially lead people away from those sites. If you're a restaurant owner in San Francisco, and you can access Google Reviews without leaving the page, and links to other restaurants in the immediate area, that could potentially be troublesome if some of your reviews might not be that good, or if there are a lot of other good restaurants in the area. … [Read more...] about Did Google Acquire the Tech (or Patents) for Google Related from Northbrook Digital LLC?