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OS X NTP Security Update for OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9 and OS X 10.10.1
Info from the about doc:
"This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."

Available via Software Update (reportedly auto-updating) but here's the download pages:

The update's download pages also link to this article on How to verify the authenticity of manually downloaded Apple Software Updates. (Here's an apple forum thread discussing the NTP vulnerability and OS X Server/Clients before the update. Until patched, uncheck "set date and time automatically" in system prefs.)

Info on OS X NTP Update for OS X 10.6.8:
And here's a post with info on compiling an NTP fix for OS X 10.6.x if you have XCode installed. (Update: A later post with link to user compiled binaries for OS X 10.6.x which has been updated again as of Dec. 29th.)
FYI: A google project zero blog post on ntpd vulnerabilities includes "Mitigation" tips at bottom of page for unpatched systems. (Adding "noquery" to every restrict line in the ntp configuration file. For OS X 10.6.x, the file is /private/etc/ntp-restrict.conf.)
  

Nvidia Graphics Driver Update for OS X 10.10.1
(FYI: 343.02.01f01 driver supported with CUDA 6.5.37/6.5.36 updates posted Jan 14th, 2015.)
(Earlier info from Dec. 22nd news follows)
Saw a Dec. 22nd forum post on a new 343.02.01f01 graphics driver for OS X Yosemite available via Nvidia Prefs Panel and a user reported installing it shows the "CUDA Update Required" message again. (New driver version not supported with CUDA 6.5.33 update from Friday, or any previous CUDA for Yosemite.) Here's the 343.02.01f01 download page (dated Dec. 23rd).
   As of Dec. 30th, still no later CUDA update than 6.5.33. (I can't imagine how frustrating this is for Nvidia/Yosemite/CUDA users.) Not able to try it personally but here's the D/L page for the previous 343.01.02f03 Yosemite driver for anyone that updated to the new driver and wants to try to revert back to the earlier one. (FYI - Two readers replied they're using the 343.01.02f03 driver with CUDA 6.5.33 OK, avoiding the later driver until there's a CUDA update to support it. The other option if you have to use the later graphics driver is to edit CUDA files for the later graphics driver version (key and library files) as noted in past posts - although with changes for the newer driver versions than in those earlier examples of course.)
Update: A later post with notes on editing the CUDA 6.5.33 info.plist for the new 343.02.01 driver key only. (No info if the earlier notes on also copying two CUDA library files for the new graphics driver version is still needed for full support.)
  
(Dec. 22nd/23rd) Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:

(Topic based page of Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To articles for Mac/OS X/iOS Users)
  

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    December 18th/19th News Archive
  • Nvidia CUDA Update 6.5.32 and 6.5.33 for OS X 10.10.x to 10.8.x
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Mac/Linux) Cross-platform & DLC not working (aspyr)
  • Transcend StoreJet 300 2TB portable hard drive review (MW uk)
  • Total War: SHOGUN 2 Fall of the Samurai out now for Mac
  • Character pack DLC for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Comparison of Apple TV and Chromecast streaming
  • Mac Djay Pro App review
  • Apple Support/How-To Article Updates:
    - About Family Sharing
    - Troubleshooting Home Sharing
    - Troubleshooting family's shared content
    - iCloud Drive Help
    - How to set up iCloud Drive on your devices
    - Get help with Mail on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    - iOS: Troubleshooting issues with date and time
    - iOS: How to transfer or sync content to your computer
    - Guide to Setting up Remote app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters Frequently asked questions
    - Thunderbolt ports and displays Frequently asked questions
    - Troubleshooting issues with video on internal or external displays
    - Mac Basics Guide to using Time Machine to back up your Mac
    - Mac Basics Guide to using AirDrop to send files to nearby Macs and iOS devices
    - How to Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content

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