"According to US and UK officials, the request was made in a video conference call between the two leaders, which came just days after Mr Blair sent a letter to Mr Bush outlining his case."
The fascinating thing here is not the jet fighter engine deal, but that two of the world's world leaders are using video conferencing for chatting about such topics. The days of the red telephone may be numbered.
There have been lots of video-conferencing products coming out lately. Probably the most interesting system is Hewlett Packard's Halo, which costs half a million dollars to install per room, but apparently delivers quality that is out of this world. An Economist article hints at the profile of the the average target customer:
"Steve Reinemund, boss of PepsiCo, says that every chief executive to whom he has shown the system has decided to buy it, too."
Meanwhile, in consumerland, Skype now supports video calling, while Apple is putting an iSight video camera into every new Mac model.
Are we all going to be using video conferencing soon? Will you, dear reader, be using this soon? Leave a comment and let me know.