06256664 is referenced by 149 patents and cites 86 patents.

The invention disclosed herein enables a collection of computers and associated communications infrastructure to offer a new communications process which allows information providers to broadcast information to a population of information consumers. The information may be targeted to those consumers who have a precisely formulated need for the information. This targeting may be based on information which is inaccessible to other communications protocols. The targeting also includes a time element. Information can be brought to the attention of the consumer precisely when it has become applicable, which may occur immediately upon receipt of the message, but may also occur long after the message arrives. The communications process may operate without intruding on consumers who do not exhibit the precisely-specified need for the information, and it may operate without compromising the security or privacy of the consumers who participate.

Title
Method and apparatus for computed relevance messaging
Application Number
9/272937
Publication Number
6256664 (B1)
Application Date
March 19, 1999
Publication Date
July 3, 2001
Inventor
Lisa Ellen Lippincott
Berkeley
CA, US
David Salim Hindawi
Berkeley
CA, US
David Leigh Donoho
Berkeley
CA, US
Agent
Earle Jennings
US
Michael A Glenn
US
Assignee
BigFix
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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