Google's "Go" Language
Google today announced a new language called "Go" (see http://golang.org).It's what I would call a "mashup" language. It takes parts of C (compiled, pointers, functional language), C++ (strongly typed, Interfaces, but no classes), Java (garbage collection, reflection, memory models), and focuses on lightening fast compilation. It does add its own unique features, such as goroutines, which make concurrent programming easy.
From Google's documentation, it appears that they're targeting the C++ community with Go (see http://golang.org/doc/go_for_cpp_programmers.html). To get a quick introduction, check out the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwoWei-GAPo
Also, check out Google's open source blog for ongoing discussions: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/