Updated 2:40 p.m. PDT with responses from OneRiot and Yahoo.
Not to be outdone by the rest of the search market, Yahoo apparently has a plan for getting in on the real-time search game itself, according to a report.
Techcrunch said Tuesday that Yahoo is planning to partner with OneRiot, which operates a real-time search engine and develops browser add-ons that do pretty much the same thing. The possible deal comes on the heels of separate plans announced by Microsoft and Google last week to integrate Twitter pages into their search results.
Yahoo is shifting its search research and development efforts to focus on finding new ways to present search results, rather than the back-end process of crawling and indexing the Web, so a partnership makes sense. Techcrunch wasn't sure exactly how the final product would look, but speculated it would resemble the interface produced by the OneRiot add-ons.
A OneRiot representative declined to comment. Yahoo didn't deny the report, but issued the following statement.
"We can't comment on rumor or speculation. Real-time search is important and we're currently conducting several tests designed to discover if showing such content is useful to people using Yahoo Search. Yahoo is focused on creating the most innovative, easy-to-use and valuable search experience for people, and after these tests we will carefully evaluate whether we should integrate such results for everyone using Yahoo Search."