Well, Meg Whitman didn't announce a party line with auctioneers calling out the bids for hotly contested items. No, instead, in 14 categories on eBay's site there'll be a link so buyers can connect with sellers over VoiP. More communication! More convergence! Whooopee. (sigh)

Personally, I don't know if I want to hear the voices of the people I'm buying from. It could be rather scary. Honestly, I often have trouble talking to the guys in the produce section at the grocery store. Someday, someone will come up with a better idea. Right?