Google is negotiating a purchase of ubiquitous instant messaging application WhatsApp. This is according to information published by Digital Trends, which was fed to them by a claimed inside source.
The source says that WhatsApp is playing hardball and trying to secure close to US$1-billion for the acquisition price.
Rumours are also doing the rounds suggesting that Google will rebrand its chat app to Babel chat, and combine its various communications points under that brand.
Adding WhatsApp to the stable would be a smart way to launch such an endeavour with an established userbase, suggests Digital Trends.