(Releads with Viber CEO denial)
TEL AVIV Feb 11 Viber Media denied a media
report on Tuesday that the popular instant messaging application
is in talks to be acquired by an Asian company.
Israel's Calcalist financial newspaper reported that Viber
was in talks to acquired by a leading instant messaging company
from Asia for $300 million-$400 million.
Viber is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon
Marco and has development centres in Belarus and Israel.
"I have no idea what this is about," Marco told Reuters,
adding that the company was not in talks to sell.
Asia has several mobile chat applications such as Chinese
WeChat, Japanese Line, and KakaoTalk from South Korea.
Viber has about 200 million registered users in 193
countries. It launched an instant messaging app for personal
computers that allows users to make outgoing mobile calls to
other Viber usersand to non-registered mobiles, making it a
rival to Skype.
The company is funded from the pockets of its founders and
several private investors from the United States, Calcalist
(Reporting by Tova Cohen and Jeremy Wagstaff; Editing by Steven