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macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 (build 20D74) Update
Info from Apple's What's new in macOS Big Sur 11.2.1.
"macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 addresses an issue that may prevent the battery from charging in some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models."
(See related Apple support article on this)
macOS 11.2.1 also includes security fixes for Intel graphics driver and Sudo.
If you have trouble installing macOS 11.2.1, try updating from Safe Mode.

(Watching Apple's Big Sur, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, & MacBook Air forums to see if anyone that lost USB-C port function after macOS 11.2 has them restored in macOS 11.2.1.)
It did not fix the CVM Server crash with DVD Playback first seen with macOS 11.2.
(M1 Mac mini firmware version still 6723.81.1 from the macOS 11.2 update.)

macOS Catalina Supplemental Update 2, and Mojave Security Update 2021-002
"macOS Catalina 10.15.7 supplemental update addresses an issue that may prevent the battery from charging in some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models."
(See related Apple support article on this)
Here's the article on Security fixes in macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update, and macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Security Update 2021-002. (Fixes for Intel Graphics driver in 10.15.7, & Sudo for both.)
Includes this note regarding the Catalina Supplemental Update:
"After installing this update, the build number for macOS Catalina 10.15.7 is 19H524."
You can check for feedback in Apple's Mojave and Catalina forums.

Apple Forum Tip for macOS Mojave App Store Problems:
Many Mojave users reported App Store problems after the above update. Some said it's really an Apple back-end problem as reverting to previous install did not help. An Apple Mojave forum post from user "amstel78" had a workaround for App Store problems:

"When App Store is running, (In Activity Monitor) Quit the appstoreagent process. Once that process has been terminated, you should be able to download updates or new apps. You can find the process under the CPU tab of activity monitor.

Bear in mind that this workaround only works for as long as the App Store is running. Once you quit and reopen the App Store, you will need to kill the appstoreagent process again."

Apple article on 2016/2017 MacBook Pro Battery won't charge past 1%
Clip from If the battery in your 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro won't charge past 1%:
"A very small number of customers with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers have experienced an issue with the battery not charging past 1%.
The battery health status on these devices will also indicate "Service Recommended." If the status indicates that your battery is Normal, your battery is not affected by this issue.

If your 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro exhibits these behaviors, contact Apple to get your battery replaced, free of charge. Your computer will be examined prior to service to verify that it is eligible for the free battery replacement.

Apple has also released a macOS update that prevents this issue from happening to other 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers. Please update to macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 or later or install the macOS Catalina 10.15.7 supplemental update."

(Those software updates are listed above.)
Safari Technology Preview 120
See the release notes for a complete list of improvements & bug fixes.
A download is available for macOS Big Sur and Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Rumors, Updates, PR (later first)

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Other News, Software/Firmware Updates, and PR (later added first)
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    February 1st to 5th, 2021 News Archive
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.25 Update
  • macOS 11.2/11.2.1 DVD Playback causes CVM Server Crash (M1 Mini)
  • macOS Big Sur 11.2, Security Update 2021-001 for Catalina & Mojave
  • Download Pages for Security Update 2021-001 Catalina & Mojave
  • M1 Mac SoftRAID Users shouldn't update to macOS 11.2
  • Some M1 Mac Mini USB-C ports not working after macOS 11.2 update
  • Warning about installing macOS 11.2 on M1 Macs with SoftRAID
  • Safari 14.0.3 Update (security fixes)
  • Firefox 85.0.1 & Firefox ESR 78.7.1 updates
  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.0.5
  • How To Use AirDrop to Transfer Files From One Mac to Another
  • Chrome 88.0.4324.150 Stable Channel Update
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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