There are other unnamed contenders looking to buy webOS but VentureBeat's source seems pretty confident that Amazon currently has pole position.
Like we said before, Amazon needs an OS of its own where it can seamlessly integrate all of their offerings — Kindle, video streaming, music locker — into a single, coherent interface. The Amazon Kindle Fire is a start, but it's still shoehorning their stuff on someone else's platform. Buying webOS would put them right with the AppleGoogsofts of the world. Make it happen.