The Morning Lowdown 07-5-11

»  ESPN (NYSE: DIS) close to landing rights deal for Wimbledon (SportsBusiness Daily). Conference call today at noon.

»  News of the World hacked missing girl Milly Dowler’s voicemail, interfered with police investigation (The Guardian)

»  Big media brace for clouds as they meet in Sun Valley (WSJ). Participants include Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Hulu execs (Bloomberg) and Bill Gates is reportedly interviewing Mark Zuckerberg (Business Insider).

»  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) to partner with China’s leading search engine, Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) (NYT)

»  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) the consolidator gobbles up The Book Depository (paidContent)

»  Meet the top 20 brands on Facebook (The Next Web)

»  See you later, realtime: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) ends Twitter search deal, for now (paidContent)

»  Google offers versus Groupon: The Portland throwdown (TechCrunch)

»  Exclusive first interview with key LulzSec hacker (New Scientist)

»  Hackers commandeer a Fox News Twitter account and report that Obama is dead (NYT)

»  South Korea plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015 (Engadget)

»  Switching to an e-book subscription service (The Bookseller)