VentureBeat has published information, according to which Intel is interested in buying WebOS from HP. Qualcomm were also mentioned earlier as a possible buyer, but so far they have denied those rumors.
It seems that the reason no one has bought WebOS so far is actually HP – according to VentureBeat, they’re slowing negotiations down on purpose, in order to make sure they get to use WebOS in their printers. The company promised to release such printers right after the bough WebOS from Palm, but we haven’t seen such a device yet. Intel haven’t commented on the rumors, but it’s possible that they want to buy a better optimized platform with work on MeeGo going quite bad so far.