In Buying Mint, Intuit Looks to Revitalize

Last year, Intuit's legal department sent a threatening letter to Mint.com demanding that the upstart rival in personal finance software explain its breakneck pace of growth. The correspondence was leaked and Intuit was upbraided in the blogosphere for what looked like bullying behavior. Even Intuit CEO Brad Smith later professed dismay. "It looked like Goliath picking on David," Smith said in an April interview with BusinessWeek. At the same sitting, Smith praised Mint's "brilliant" approach to helping consumers manage their money on the Web.

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