9/8/2005 - looks like these were published a week ahead of time. The links are back online, and working correctly now, and patent applications from last week are also available.
Added on the morning of 9/2/2005 - it appears that the US Patent Office realized that they had the wrong date on the thousands and thousands of patent applications that were published yesterday, or that they had next weeks patents online instead of this week's applications.
The fallout from that discovery is that the links to the patent applications listed below no longer work. The link to the white paper on The Bloomba Personal Content Database still works, though.
I will attempt to repair these links as soon as the Patent Office gets the documents back online.
Published today (though showing a September 8th publication date), the following patent applications looked interesting:
Network traffic monitoring for search popularity analysis
Assessing the popularity of web pages by actually monitoring traffic to those pages with enhanced packet sniffers, and relaying that information to a system that uses a pagerank like system to rank pages.
Keyword recommendation for internet search engines
Using past queries to a search engine to identify and recommend alternative keywords to a person who has entered a query for a search.
Principles and methods for personalizing newsfeeds via an analysis of information novelty and dynamics
A Microsoft approach to personalizing news feeds.
Techniques for parental control of internet access including a guest mode
Yahoo! filters the web, so you don't have to.
Systems and methods for indexing content for fast and scalable retrieval
Raymie Stata's Bloomba Personal Content Database brings Yahoo! a search capability that goes much further than the desktop.
Word collection method and system for use in word-breaking
Microsoft breaks words, so you don't have to.