Follow-ups: Facebook IPO date and phone, Shutterfly soars with Kodak Gallery buy, China Internet crackdown

Quick follow-ups to stories we’ve mentioned recently:

Facebook, which has been widely expected to go public next month, is reportedly thinking of pushing back the big day to June. CNBC reported Tuesday that Facebook has been “distracted” by things like buying Instagram for a reported $1 billion and offering Microsoft $550 million for AOL patents, and may need to file more disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But wait, as they say, there’s more. In other Facebook-related speculation, DigiTimes reports that a long-rumored Facebook-branded phone will be made by HTC and come this year. Previously, HTC had made two Facebook-enabled phones called the ChaCha and the Salsa, both Android-based.

• Shares of Shutterfly are up about 5 percent to $30.45 as of this post after the Redwood City-based online-photo site announced it is buying rival site the Kodak Gallery from bankrupt Eastman Kodak for $23.8 million. GMSV had mentioned the pending deal last month, and the Wall Street Journal reports today that no bidders offered a higher amount.

• Blaming “criminal elements” for spreading “malicious political rumors online for no reason, producing a terrible effect on society,” a notice on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like service in China, announced the deletion of accounts of users including Li Delin, an editor of Chinese business magazine Capital Week, and other journalists, according to the Wall Street Journal. China has been cracking down on social media lately, especially in the wake of the downfall of Bo Xilai, a Communist Party leader.

 

 

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