AT&T activates disaster recovery process in Georgia to deal with upcoming storm; HickoryTech to release Q4 earnings on March 3

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> AT&T said it has activated its storm preparedness process in Georgia to deal with Winter Storm Pax. Release

> HickoryTech Corp. will release its fourth-quarter 2013 results on Monday, March 3, after the market closes. Release

> Time Warner Cable Business Class' Satya Parimi, group vice president of product management, sounds off on its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and Ethernet over DOCSIS play. Article

Cable News
> Comcast may be preparing to deploy a new device called XR8 that would allow its Xfinity subscribers to control set-tops with "Aim Anywhere" technology that uses the ZigBee RF4CE specification, according to recent FCC filings from remote control vendor Universal Electronics. Article

> German cable operator Kabel Deutschland said it licensed the Reference Design Kit  (RDK) software stack that Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been pitching to other cable operators through their RDK LLC joint venture. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint's subscriber numbers were bolstered by a surge in tablet activations, which Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer attributed to a variety of factors, including Sprint's introduction of installment pricing for tablets last fall and its holiday promotions. Article

> Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple iPhones and iPads, but according to The Wall Street Journal, the company is also working with Apple rival Google on something out of the ordinary: robotics. Article

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