Links 1/9: Comcast atop of Netflix ISP Speed Index Leaderboard; Can QVC compete in the age of Amazon?

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CenturyLink Steps Up Its SAP Game, Scoops Up SAP Solution Provider Seal Consulting (CRN)
Seal Consulting is based in Edison.

$20m for Chicago-based CloudCraze bolsters Salesforce B2B commerce push (Diginomica)

Expanding University City drug innovator Spark overflows into FMC Tower, other area offices (

ADT Makes History: Disarm Security System Via Amazon Alexa Voice (CE Pro)
A little update on Malvern-based Zonoff, which is an ADT partner.

Canoe Delivers 18 Billion-Plus VOD Ad Impressions in 2016 (Multichannel News)

Comcast Climbs to Top of Netflix ISP Speed Index Leaderboard in December (CED Magazine)

Units of NBC Sports Digital, Turner Expand OTT Sports Deal (Multichannel News)
Would this survive the acquisition?

Can QVC compete in the age of Amazon? (WSJ/MSN Money - Video)

Dayton technology company makes another big acquisition (Dayton Business Journal)
The company that acquired Malvern-based Scala last year seems set on dominating the Digital Signage space.

Axios in early launch today; Dan Primack's newsletter returns with new name

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Axios, the news and information website founded by ex-Politico honchos Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, did a soft launch today, though its full platform won't launch till later this month.

Haverford College alum Dan Primack, formerly author of Fortune's Term Sheet, is doing a new email newsletter for Axios, Pro Rata.

Four points of interest from his initial missive:

  • NBC is one of several investors in Axios, though that's not new news.

  • Reconfirmation that Dell Boomi competitor MuleSoft, a SaaS integration company that has raised over $250 million in VC funding, is preparing for an IPO and has reportedly hired Morgan Stanley as one of its bankers.

  • Philadelphia-based LLR Partners has acquired BluVector, a "machine learning threat detection and cyber hunting solution," from Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). No terms disclosed, though LlR is committing $50 million to invest in BluVector.

  • VideoLink LLC, a Massachusetts-based company which has a production studio in Philadelphia, was sold to a Tampa A/V firm.