Mint, the browser-based personal finance service, has released an iPad version that takes its product to another level.

The iPad seems a natural home for Mint, with the service taking advantage of its tap, pinch and swipe features to make a tour through your financial information a pleasure rather than a chore. Mint’s well known pie charts and bar graphs are displayed to best effect on the iPad’s screen and touch and pinch gestures allow the user easily to drill deeper into charts and graphs for different categories and down to the individual transaction level. Read more

It gets harder trying to spot the next big thing, especially when you can’t see the start-ups for the upstarts among the hundreds of pitches being made at TechCrunch50 this week.

In the end, the judges of this tech jamboree of new ideas in search of funding chose RedBeacon – a local service started by former Google employees to hook up plumbers and painters with customers – as winner of the $50,000 top prize. Read more

Intuit should have recorded a $170m transaction in its Quicken personal finance software on Monday after buying online rival

That’s a healthy return for investors in the two-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, which raised $32m over three VC rounds. Intuit had introduced Quicken Online to compete with Mint, and had closed in on its rival with 1.4m online users to Mint’s 1.5m.

So why did it feel the need to acquire Mint? – one of several questions answered by Dan Maurer, head of Intuit’s consumer group, and Aaron Patzer, chief executive and founder of Mint, in an FT interview after the jump. Read more