Twitter reportedly is poised to take over third-party client TweetDeck in a deal worth up to $50 million, and it's been rumored that Twitter bosses are planning to kill off the client as soon as the ink is dry on the contract. But that wouldn't make much sense for the social network, writes Mathew Ingram, who argues that shutting the service down would undermine Twitter's relationship with the developer community. "And spending $50 million just to kill something seems like a pretty dumb use of the money Twitter has raised from VCs, especially for a company that isn't even close to being profitable," Ingram writes.

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