Sources tell TechCrunch that social media giant Facebook is interested in buying popular mobile chat program WhatsApp.
Mark Zuckerberg believes that the future of Facebook is in mobile and its $1 billion acquisition of mobile app Instagram proves that the social network is serious in going down that path. Now there are news circulating that Facebook is in talks to buy WhatsApp to further improve its presence in cross-platform mobile messaging.
So far there’s no information regarding price range and how Facebook will utilize the messaging platform if ever it pushes through with the acquisition.
WhatsApp is an ad-free smartphone messaging app that works on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone. Earlier this year it reported on its blog that it was sending over a billion messages a day. “That is 41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second.”