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The most notable Drupal core news since last time around is DrupalCon Prague happened, with lots of Drupal 8 sessions, sprints, and all-around goodness.
Dozens of core developers spent over 30 hours in 20 dedicated brainstorms and deep-dives to solve hard problems in Drupal 8 core, focusing on three critical areas: Drupal 8 API completion, developer experience (DX), and performance. The notes from these talks can be found at http://bit.ly/prague-notes and are making their way to the issue queue.
And, of course, lots and lots of sprinting! There were 120+ sprinters on Monday, before the conference even started, which required folks to sprint on the floor since we ran out of tables and chairs. :) Friday's sprints sported hundreds more, in both the main contribution sprint room and the Get Involved with Core Sprint, and about 30 hardcore folks even stayed the weekend past the conference. The RTBC queue for Drupal 8 core was 170+ issues by Monday.