Mac OS X 10.9.3 hides /Users directory and source and destination user folders are hidden

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Since upgrading to MAC OS X 10.9.3 the /User directory has become set to hidden. Any application that uses apple's finder to view the users area is fine but apps like Lightroom that walk the directories from the root partition down will not see the /Users directory and this impacts navigating in the source view and destination views in Import and Library
Work around is to sudo chflags nohidden /Users but that is temporary and gets reset on next restart
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Official Response
This bug is being seen by many people upgrading to MacOS 10.9.3.
Current information indicates that it is related to "Find My Mac" settings and iTunes -- the user directory is hidden if FindMyMac is enabled and the recent iTunes version is installed.

You can also show the user directory using the command line:
sudo chflags nohidden /Users

but that will only last until the system is rebooted (then you'll have to use it again).

There is some decent coverage on the problem at

UPDATE: Apple has posted a new version of iTunes that fixes the problem.