TechCrunch, probably the most widely recognized news source for technology and start-ups, has just released an iPad app. The app, TechCrunch - The Inside Story on Innovation (I think I would've just gone with TechCrunch), is an optimized reader app for all of the free content on the TechCrunch website.
The app has standard news reading features plus some cool extras like a trending and tweets list on the right side of the app. The "trending" list shows the most popular articles (with green or red arrows by them showing if they're rising or falling). And the "tweets" list shows updates from Twitter feeds that I assume most of the people at TechCrunch follow (like All Things D, The Next Web, Netflix, Daring Fireball, and much more). The app also includes "comprehensive integration with CrunchBase."
The design seems to suggest that users use the app in landscape mode (portrait mode just cuts off the right side until someone slides it back over). Like the TechCrunch website, readers can browse the news on the home page or sort specifically by section (mobile, start-ups, etc).
The app is free, of course. Most TechCrunch readers will want to give it a go.