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The report said that the microblogging site has offered to pay about $50 million for TweetDeck.

Twitter has bought popular clients for its product before — last spring it bought Tweetie, which then became the company’s official client for Mac.

TweetDeck has also been rumored to be in talks with Ubermedia, Bill Gross’s company that has four Twitter apps of its own. CNN reported last week that TweetDeck and Ubermedia were planning to launch a service to rival Twitter.

TweetDeck has also been expanding its offerings, announcing this month that it was starting a beta launch to bring the service to more Web browsers. Currently, TweetDeck’s Web version is only on Google’s Chrome browser. It also has desktop, iPhone, iPad and Android versions.

Twitter declined to comment when asked about Monday’s report, linking to the following tweet:

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