Soliciting information based on a computer user's context

  • US 8,103,665 B2
  • Filed: 05/11/2009
  • Issued: 01/24/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of operating a computer, the method comprising:

  • storing in a memory of the computer a data structure, the data structure comprising a field indicating information desired by a user of the computer;

    with a processor on the computer;

    formulating a request for information based on the stored data structure and information about a current user context at a first time;

    communicating the request over a network to an information source;

    in response to the communicating, receiving information from the information source;

    determining, based on information about a current user context at a second time, an amount of the received information to present to the user; and

    selectively presenting the received information to the user based on the determining.

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