Lunchtime Links: April 29, 2010

Hewlett-Packard is close to deal to buy Palm, a move which could shake up the lucrative smart phone market.

Republicans lifted their filibuster of a financial reform regulatory package, on which President Obama called for quick action.

Laura Bush is suggesting she, her husband, and several aides were poisoned during a 2007 visit to Germany for the G8 summit – one of several new details in the former first lady’s forthcoming memoir, “Spoken from the Heart.”

The U.S. Interior Department approved the first-ever offshore wind farm off Cape Cod on Wednesday, a key step in an ongoing nine-year debate. The farm’s opponents, which include environmental groups and local Native American tribes, have promised litigation.

With Siobhan Mangus voted off “American Idol,” Crystal Bowersox is now the hands-down favorite.

Bret Michaels’ recovery is going well and may be back on tour as soon as next month.

In a surprising turn of the event, the Eastern Conference top seed Washington Capitals were bounced on home ice from the NHL Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in a deciding Game 7.

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