Just thought I'd bring this to you attention as I struggled with this for a while.
When upgrading to wordpress 3.8.1 the auto update refused to work, at the same time the settings pages for some of the other plugins I am using appeared blank in the editor dashboard.
I found that after deactivating Podpress everything went back to normal. Unfortunately, I have to leave Podpress deactivated to use my blog as normal as even after the update Podpress still makes other settings pages appear blank.
If there is a fixed to this I would much appreciate any information.