Minecraft players may have been surprised when they logged on today and were prompted with an unexpected update. The new update 4J Studios has rolled out provides fixes for bugs that have appeared after the 1.7.3 update. Many of the fixes involve pistons, as well as some visual and audio oddities players have been experiencing. Keep reading for the entire list of fixes that will make Minecraft even better.

• Fix for a crash with pistons at the edge of the world
• Fix for a crash due to a thread safety issue usually caused by pistons
• Fix for issue with operating pistons on chunk boundaries
• Fix for a rendering flicker with active pistons
• Fix for rendering slowdown due to lighting issues
• Fix for rain going through blocks (raining indoors)
• Fix for Marketplace not launching when unlocking skin pack after selecting a locked skin in the trial version of the skin pack
• Fix for bug allowing locked skins to be selected if they are beside a free skin
• Fix for misaligned player scores when viewed under the “My Score” leaderboard filter
• Fix for the constant button press sounds when rotating a character in the skin select screen
• Fix for the constant sound effect played on the sign text entry
• Fix for thunder not being audible
• Fix for third person front view not displaying fire

Source: PlayXBLA