I like the way that new curve looks. I realize that there are tradeoffs, but in making the comparison based on these two photos, I would have to say that I like the new curve better. Of course, we want folks like Fotogenetic to be more critical - especially since he indicated he wants to tweak that curve further until he can find the right balance. More power to him, and if he shares those curves, we can all benefit by them.
It will be nice when they get that new link started where individuals can zip and then upload custom tone curves, along with example photos and comments. This opens up an entire new arena for modifying how the camera thinks. I am excited about this prospect.