Today in Tech: Zynga launches independent gaming network

March 2, 2012, 1:38 PM UTC

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“I’m no piracy king.” — Kim Dotcom, Megaupload’s arrested founder. (3 News)

Zynga (ZNGA) is launching (codenamed “Project Z”), an independent game-focuseed social network that will allow users to play games like CityVille, CastleVille, and Hidden Chronicles outside of Facebook. Also included: player profiles and live chat. See more here. (Zynga and CNNMoney)

* The New York Post reports that Apple (AAPL) is having trouble lining up content for a TV streaming service it wants to launch by Christmas. Said one media executive: “They want everything for nothing.”  (The New York Post)

* More iPad 3 rumors. This time around there’s talk of a cheaper, 8 gigabyte iPad 2 model, too. (All Things D)

* Local business reviews hub Yelp priced its initial public offering at $15 a share, raising nearly $107 million at an $898 million valuation. (The New York Times)

* Why Google (GOOG) needs to fix Android’s image problem. (GigaOm)

* Square, the mobile payments platform from Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, is coming to select New York City cabs. (TechCrunch)

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