OSX Security Update 2015-002, Xcode 6.2, Apple TV 7.1 and iOS 8.2 Security updates.
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Apple Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10.10.2, 10.9.5, 10.8.5
Available via software update, but here are links to Updater download pages:

Info on security fixes in today's Apple support articles listing.
Some users posts in Apple's forums have noted the "mach_kernel" file is visible in the root of the OS X volume after this update. (This happened before after an update, normally the file is hidden. This apple doc about OS X: mach_kernel visible in the Finder includes info on using the terminal to make it invisible again - sudo chflags hidden /mach_kernel.) Not sure how common they are but some have also noted problems after the update (wifi/network and mail for instance).
FYI: This update changes the OS X Build number, which Nvidia's driver updates key on. (For example their 10.10.2 driver update for build 14C109.) I frequently check Nvidia's site for updates but they may appear sooner via the Nvidia driver prefs panel. (See below for new Nvidia driver updates.)
  If you have problems booting after the security update (nvidia drivers don't load), resetting the NVRAM will clear Nvidia's prefs driver setting (revert to using default OS X drivers, as well as clearing some other settings including startup disk), however if the card is not supported with the standard drivers you'd still need to use an apple supported card. (Supported model cards w/o mac EFI show no video until drivers are loaded.) Hopefully affected users have an apple supported card around, even if only a low end model. (And also a good reason to have a verified bootable clone of your working OS X install.)

Nvidia Driver Updates for OS X Builds w/Security Update 2015-002:
See the Video topics page for links to updated Nvidia OS X Graphics drivers for OS X 10.8.5, 10.9.5 and 10.10.2 builds after installing OS X Security Update 2015-002. (As of 3/17/2015.)

iMovie 10.0.7, Apple TV 7.1, iOS 8.2, Xcode 6.2 Updates:

Related docs below.

Apple Support Articles on Today's updates:

(Page w/Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To articles for Mac/OS X/iOS - Airplay to Thunderbolt.)

New Products from Apple Spring Forward Event:
(links on new products from today's apple event)
Apple/products related News/Op-Ed/PR:
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Repair, Upgrade articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates, troubleshooting to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Friday, March 6th, 2015 News Archive
  • How to Avoid/Remove Adware Bundled with Java Installer for Mac
  • Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.03 (download page)
  • The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here
  • Hands-on with Office for Mac 2016
  • Apple Support Article Updates:
    - Using Apple Hardware Test
    - Mac notebooks: Operating temperature
    - Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ
    - Starting from an external USB storage device
    - Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs
    - Setting up Time Capsule for the first time
    - AirPort Time Capsule Initial backup is interrupted
    - Intel-based Mac Power On Self Test RAM error codes
    - WiFi and Bluetooth: Potential sources of interference
    - Get help with the slot-loading SuperDrive on your Mac computer
    - Mac Pro: Power consumption and thermal output (BTU/h) information
    - Troubleshooting issues with video on internal or external displays
    - How to use your Macbook/Pro in closed-clamshell mode with external display
    - Connecting headphones or external speakers to your Mac mini
    - Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)
    - OS X Yosemite: Supported digital camera RAW formats (added RAW 6.03 update)
    - Uses for the USB port of AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express
    - Identifying power adapters for Apple DVI Cinema Displays (20", 23" & 30" models)

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