General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, said it expects to cut its pension obligation by $26 billion by offering lump-sum payments to about 42,000 retirees and shifting its plans to a unit of Prudential Financial.
British oil giant BP said it is considering selling its 50 percent stake in its Russian joint venture TNK-BP, in a deal that could fetch at least $15 billion. Mikhail Fridman, the CEO of TNK-BP unexpectedly announced his resignation.
Chesapeake Energy said it drilled the largest oil gusher in the company’s 23-year history at a “significant” discovery in the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma. The Thurman Horn 406H well in the Hogshooter formation produced 5,400 barrels of crude a day during its first eight days of operation.
Google, which withdrew its search engine from China in 2010 during a row over censorship, started notifying its users in the country — who access a Chinese-language version of the site in Hong Kong — when they type words or phrases that may disrupt connections to its sites.
Dewey & LeBoeuf, the law firm that advised the Los Angeles Dodgers on restructuring, filed for bankruptcy after its chairman was ousted and almost all partners quit as creditors began suing for unpaid bills. The firm listed debt of $245 million and assets of $193 million in a Chapter 11 filing.
Southwest Airlines plans to offer international service out of Houston’s Hobby airport by 2015 with the city council’s adoption of a $100 million plan to expand the airport.
Visa said its card transactions in the United States fell by 3 percent overall in April and the amount Americans rang up on their charge cards remained flat for most of May.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is giving up $75 million in dividends on restricted stock that the company is awarding to all of its employees. In an SEC filing, Apple said Cook requested that his restricted stock units not receive dividends. The shares are not normally eligible to receive dividends, so Apple’s decision is a perk for its employees.
Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide Pods, will create a new double-latch lid to deter children from accessing and eating the brightly colored detergent packets, the company said.
Google is giving away restaurant ratings compiled by its recently acquired Zagat as part of an expansion of its listings for local businesses. Google bought Zagat for $151 million in September to compete against Yelp’s popular online rating service.
Kayak Software will reportedly delay its initial public offering following Facebook’s post-IPO descent. The online travel service postponed its roadshow for the offering.
Facebook shares slid to $27.21, a new low, as nervous investors fled the company’s stock, concerned about the social network’s long-term business prospects.
Groupon shares retreated to $9.69 on Friday as the largest daily coupon Web site’s lock-up period expired, permitting insiders to sell shares.