Real time communications system

DC CAFC
  • US 8,407,356 B1
  • Filed: 08/09/2007
  • Issued: 03/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of communicating content among users using of a computer system including a controller computer and a database which serves as a repository of tokens for other programs to access, thereby affording information to each of a plurality of participator computers which are otherwise independent of each other, the method comprising:

  • authenticating a first user identity and a second user identity according to permissions retrieved from the repository of tokens of the database;

    affording some of the information to a first of the participator computers via the Internet network, responsive to an authenticated first user identity;

    affording some of the information to a second of the participator computers via the Internet network, responsive to an authenticated second user identity;

    running controller software on the controller computer, in accordance with predefined rules, to direct arbitration of which ones of the participator computers interactively connect within a group of the participator computers;

    providing an API on the controller computer, the API multiplexing and demultiplexing API messages by type, creating a virtual connection and providing the virtual connection between channels, private messages, and multimedia objects in the controller computer and the participator computers; and

    communicating real-time messages within the group of the interactively connected said participator computers.

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