Go Betweens bridge push enters final days. Indie music fans across the country are hammering the Brisbane City Council’s “name that bridge” website to get their charges up in the re-naming battle for Brisbane’s Hale Street Link Bridge. The span, destined to link Milton with South Brisbane, has been spruiked by Liberal Lord Mayor Campbell Newman as a solution to inner-west traffic snarls. In an attempt to democratise the major public work, Newman has presented the public with a list of alternative names. Amid a swathe of boring historical figures lies the Go Between option, which the website says represents a “cross-river connection allowing us to easily ‘go between’ Milton and South Brisbane and…a reference to The Go-Betweens – an internationally influential band from Brisbane.”

The Go Betweens were, in this author’s humble opinion, Australia’s best ever band, responsible for such classic singles as “Streets of Your Town” and “Spring Rain”. The BCC’s association with the indie heroes may go some way to assauging outrage amid music-loving West End residents, who say the bridge could increase traffic congestion, a claim disputed by Newman. Go Betweens songwriting force Grant McLennan died tragically in 2006 while preparing for a party at his Brisbane home. The bridge re-naming vote closes on 20 September. — Andrew Crook

BBC: Murdoch “out of touch”. Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, issued a strongly worded attack on James Murdoch today, accusing the head of News Corporation in Europe and Asia of being “desperately out of touch” with viewers. — The Guardian

Google talks about relationships with publishers. As senior business product manager of Google News, Josh Cohen is the point man for Google News’ discussions with publishers. In a recent interview with paidContent at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Cohen talked about the state of relations with publishers, why Google News doesn’t look very different than it did a few years ago, and how the service could change. — paidContent

Man predicts lotto numbers. Derren Brown is a man who has appeared to play Russian Roulette on live television, using a revolver filled with genuine ammunition. But even by his standards, his latest stunt was a real jaw-dropper. On Wednesday at 10.35pm, having boasted for days that he would predict the six main ball numbers in the midweek National Lottery draw, Brown went on-air, live across all Channel 4’s terrestrial and satellite channels. — Daily Mail

Troops accused of double standards in Afghan journo’s death. Afghan journalists with the Media Club of Afghanistan in Kabul accused NATO troops Thursday of having a double standard, blaming them for the death of a kidnapped colleague and criticising them for leaving his body behind during the rescue of a New York Times reporter.CBC

VMA coverage goes twitty. One of the biggest surprises at this Sunday’s Video Music Awards will surround the just-announced “Twitter correspondent” iJustine, the Internet celebrity who has made a name for herself as a video blogger and Twitter aficionado. In her latest dispatch, she describes the details of her role, which will surround her observing tweets about the show and real time responses from stars on the red carpet about arrivals and fashion. MTV

PM website hackers — hacks with PR skills. Secret chat logs between the hackers who briefly brought down the Prime Minister’s website last night reveal that the operation was a disorganised failure in one sense, but not in another. The hackers hoped to crash the site for a sustained period — but that failed. But, despite their evident lack of geek skills, they achieved their other objective — publicity. The Age

And the new Idol judge is….Ellen? After swirling rumors about who would take the coveted fourth judge seat on American Idol (Victoria Beckham? Joe Simpson?), FOX has finally picked its new pony: Ellen DeGeneres. That’s right, pant-suit wearing, Portia Di Rossi-loving, awkward flailing dancer and former sitcom star Ellen Degeneres will replace Paula Abdul in the sympathetic judge seat starting in January 2010.The Daily Beast

Where’s the climate/health link? President Obama and congressional leaders have made health-care reform and tackling global warming their top priorities this year, yet little to no analysis has been made on what a climate policy that shuts down carbon-spewing smokestacks and tailpipes would mean to the health-care sector. Grist