Google (GOOG) is in talks to buy WhatsApp, which is looking for a ~$1B price tag, a source tells...

|By:, SA News Editor

Google (GOOG) is in talks to buy WhatsApp, which is looking for a ~$1B price tag, a source tells Digital Trends. Acquiring WhatsApp would give Google control of a mobile messaging giant claiming hundreds of millions of users, the top paid App Store app in over 100 countries, and deals with top international carriers, as well as a platform that has become a thorn in Facebook's (and perhaps Microsoft/Skype's) side. But it should be noted a December Facebook/WhatsApp rumor proved unfounded. Last month, Geek.com reported Google is looking to unify its messaging platforms.