News bites: Verizon nears deal with Vodafone

Verizon is in talks to pay Vodafone $130 billion for the remaining stake in Verizon Wireless, and a deal could be completed within the week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi hired Hugo Barra, the head of Google's Android division, The New York Times writes. 

Europe's telecom chief has dropped a proposal to slash wholesale roaming rates, according to Reuters.   

The Homeland Security Department issued a warning about security problems with Android, The New York Times explains.

Amazon is trying to take a fight over New York state sales tax to the Supreme Court, The Wall Street Journal reports.