Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 9, 2014

Microsoft has rolled out a series of changes to its MSN.com homepage which it says are designed to meet the needs of the “mobile-first, cloud-first world”.

The new site is aimed to encourage personalization, and includes a “services stripe” below the navigation bar, which allows users to access their OneDrive or other apps quickly, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Office 365. Those looking to get an early look can visit preview.msn.com.

Social network LinkedIn has boosted its web security features with multiple new steps. In a blog post, company officials said they will now give users full visibility into session information to identify any unusual activity, while also including new information in account notifications.

The changes come on the heels of the widely-publicized celebrity picture hack involving Apple’s iCloud. LinkedIn was itself a victim of a data breach in 2012, when 6 million users’ passwords were stolen.

Intel officials revealed the company’s latest Xeon E5 processors for mainstream servers at a press event in advance of the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The new Xeon E5-2600 v3 “Grantley" chips will be a part of next-generation systems from many vendors, including Dell, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems.

Many of the OEMs set to incorporate the new chips into their servers will also be unveiling a number of enhancements to supplement the new processors—such as in power and cooling management—so their systems will be better able to handle the demands on a modern data center infrastructure.

Among the new models, HP officials previously said its new ninth-generation ProLiant Servers will have triple the compute capacity of previous systems.

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