The folks who gather early every morning in the West Wing office of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have something new in common these days. Practically everyone has an iPad — or will have one very soon. Emanuel just got his, as did senior adviser David Axelrod and deputy press secretary Bill Burton. Both communications director Dan Pfeiffer and press wrangler Ben Finkenbinder have one on order. Economic adviser Larry Summers takes his to staff meetings. The device is the hot, new White House toy, a gizmo that is popping up around Washington but seems to be particularly in vogue at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. – from WashPo

Meanwhile, in other iPad news:

A security breach of Apple’s hot-selling tablet computer has potentially exposed the private information of approximately 114,000 people to hackers and no-good-nicks, Gawker reports. Specifically, the customers hit were those early adopters who purchased the iPad 3G’s wireless subscription plan and signed up for AT&T service. So whose info has been compromised? According to Gawker, A-listers such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, film producer Harvey Weinstein, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be needing to change their e-mail addresses in the near future. – from PoliticsDaily