It looks like Ed Katibah (Spatial Program Manager of SQL Server) finally started blogging.
His first blogpost covers some interesting changes in the latest February CTP.
There are some new methods added to the list:
Unfortunately I can't try these new features today, because a bug prevents you from using SQL Server 2008 on a Leap Day and the doc on MSDN doesn't cover these new methods yet, so there's not telling how these methods really work.
Ed's and Isaac Kunens blogs are a must-read if you plan on doing some serious SQL Server Spatial work.