Today in Tech: Zynga launches independent gaming network
Fortune’s curated selection of tech stories from the last 24 hours. Sign up to get the round-up delivered to you each and every day.
“I’m no piracy king.” — Kim Dotcom, Megaupload’s arrested founder. (3 News)
* Zynga (ZNGA) is launching Zynga.com (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)
Don’t miss the latest tech news. Sign up now to get Today in Tech emailed every morning.