06546421 is referenced by 59 patents.

A system and method for providing automatic and continuous selection of user-preferred data streams based on predefined parameters. In one aspect of the present invention, a client/server system comprises: a sever comprising an address list including addresses of a plurality of data sources; and a client comprising a list of user preferences; means for accessing the server to obtain the address list; means for accessing at least a first data source of the plurality of data sources on the address list to obtain descriptive information; evaluation means for evaluating the descriptive information and the user preferences to select at least a second data source of the plurality of data sources based on the evaluation; and means for accessing the second data source. In one exemplary embodiment of the present invention as applied to Internet radio stations, a user would be allowed to listen only to songs from his list of favorites. In another exemplary embodiment as applied to Internet sporting events, a user can hear the most exciting parts of one or more current sporting events. In another exemplary embodiment as applied to industrial process monitoring, a remote user could ensure that he would always see any data stream that had anomalous readings.

System and method for automatic selection of internet data streams
Application Number
Publication Number
6546421 (B1)
Application Date
June 30, 1999
Publication Date
April 8, 2003
Brent Baxter
Michael Wynblatt
Pleasant Hill
Siemens Corporate Research
G06F 15/173
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