WhatsApp Denies Facebook Talks

By David Cohen 

UPDATED 4:05 p.m. ET: Mobile messaging application WhatsApp denied a report in TechCrunch saying that it was in talks with Facebook about being acquired by the social network, telling AllThingsD, “The TechCrunch article is a rumor and not factually accurate. We have no further information to share at the moment.”

Facebook, meanwhile, told AllThingsD, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”

Sources told TechCrunch WhatsApp and Facebook are in talks, with no word on how advanced those discussions are, or on a possible price tag for the deal.

TechCrunch pointed out that WhatsApp is currently the No. 2 paid app on Apple’s App Store, where it sells for $0.99, adding that it is available free of charge for one year on Google Play, after which the same $0.99 cost applies.

And TechCrunch added that according to the most recent user numbersreleased by the app, which are more than one year old (October 2011), it was serving some 1 billion messages per day.

In addition, WhatsApp is seeking translators in Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, and other languages, TechCrunch pointed out.

Readers: Do you think WhatsApp would be a good fit in the Facebook stable?