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Due to weather problems I didn't include all the info I normally do for Java updates from Oracle but their mac related Java 7 docs are linked in a previous update post on April 16th. (As always, if you don't need java, don't install it. For those that do need/use it, updates have important security fixes but some java content may no longer work.)

UPDATE - Revised Java 6 Update Builds w/fixes: I don't use Java but saw this posting on Jun 21st that there have been revised builds (with fixes) of the java updates. (Included below is info on how to check for the fixed build. Bold emphasis mine.)

"FIXED! 1.6.0_51 in Java 1.6.0_51 OS X 2013-004 & 10.6 Update 16

Hello Java developers,
As of 10:00AM PST today (Friday, June 21st, 2013), Apple has revised the "Java for OS X 2013-004" and "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16" updates to fix a widely reported issue with the original updates that shipped to customers on Tuesday.

The crux of the problem involved dispatching events through sun.awt.AppContexts which were setup incorrectly when the JVM first initialized the AWT. Some impacted applications could work around the problem by changing the order of initialization of these classes, but we believe that we have provided a comprehensive fix with these revised updates.

If you have previously installed the xM4508 versions of these updates you can upgrade to the fixed xM4509 version by manually installing: <> (10.7, 10.8+) <> (10.6-only)

You can check if you have installed the xM4508 (original) versions by running (from terminal):
/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.6 -exec java -version

If you have not installed "Java for OS X 2013-004" or "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16" already, you should receive this fix automatically through Software Update / App Store.

If you have installed the previous Developer Package, we have posted fixed versions at: < Developer>

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, and would like to thank all of the developers who have brought this issue to our attention.
Thank you,
Mike Swingler
Apple Inc."

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Previous Day's News Summary:
    Monday, June 17th, 2013 News Archive
  • 2 Reviews of 13in Mid-2013 MacBook Air
  • The new Mac Pro: What we wanted, what we're actually getting
  • What 802.11ac Networking Is And Why You Want It (2013 AE/TC are 802.11ac)
  • AT&T Rolls Out Emergency Alerts Update to iPhone Users
  • Review of CSR Racing for iPhone/iPad
  • Apple's Commitment to Customer Privacy (apple press release)
  • New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Docs:
    - AirPort base station does not appear in AirPort Utility
    - AirPort base station: Software and firmware download links
    - iPhone: Understanding U.S. government alerts
    - iPhone: Wireless carrier support and features
    - iOS: Updating your carrier settings
    - iOS: Exchange sync may use old password
    - iOS: How to back up your data and set up as a new device
    - iOS: About cellular data network settings (viewing or editing the APN)
    - How to identify Mac mini models
    - How to identify keyboard localizations
    - Mountain Lion: Printed Contacts list isn't alphabetical
  • Other News/Reviews/Op-Ed/Tech/OT:
    - Samsung Mass Producing First PCI-Express SSD for Ultra-slim Notebook PCs
    - Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review
    - GM expands SUV recall to 480,000 for fire risk
    - Think the Internet Leads to Growth? Think Again
    - Millions use Ghostery to block tracking, few realize it feeds data to ad industry
    - New 'Game-Changing' Rules for Innovation Grants From the Feds
    - Former BofA Staffers on Lying, Losing Paperwork, Denying Modifications
    - Lenders seek court actions against homeowners years after foreclosure
    - Review: NoiseHush i7, under-$100 noise-cancelling headphone
    - Opposing reviews of "Man of Steel" movie

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