News@10: Twitter In Acquisition Talks, Oil Firms Hacked & Guitar Hero Axed

US games publisher Activision is to axe its Guitar Hero game after the latest edition failed to meet sales expectations. The publisher said in its financial statement that the game series was being discontinued because "the popularity of music-themed video games has faded".

Micro-blogging giant Twitter could one day be acquired by Facebook and Google, if rumours are to be believed. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Twitter has been holding low level talks with Facebook and Google for over a month now.

Apple's unofficial oracle, John Gruber, wrote yesterday that HP's new webOS slogans should have been "Everything Later" and "Wait for it"; looking at the HP Touchpad, you can't fault him given how similar Apple's iPad and HP's first WebOS tablet are.

Hackers have repeatedly broken into networks belonging to at least five oil and gas companies over a number of years, a report released by anti-virus firm McAfee has revealed. In what it has dubbed as the 'Night Dragon' attacks, McAfee said that hackers used a number of con tricks, vulnerabilities and weak security controls to gain access to mainframes belonging to major oil and gas companies and steal secrets.

Apple is reportedly working on a new line of iPhones designed to better compete with the growing range of smartphones running Google's Android platform. A person who claims to have seen a prototype told Bloomberg that Apple is preparing a cheaper, smaller version of than the existing iPhone, but said they haven't seen the device since last year.