...wether this will get ported back with the 4.0 patch is a different story.
I find such statements disconcerting. I recently purchased the base game and wanted to play some before deciding on expansions. But so far there I've stumbled upon so many problems with undocumented game mechanics and plain bugs that I really don't feel like spending more money on this game.
I agree with the UI coloration being an issue and think it's not only worth fixing, but also important to backport. However, I've found it more problematic on the galactic map where sometimes the background image is almost entirely black and you can't recognize whether it's black due to still being within the 'fog of war', or just looks like it because of bad background contrast!