Obama's Twitter Townhall, AP To Open N. Korea Bureau, N. Korea To Open Photo Exhibit In NYC

The White House takes to Twitter for a townhall. Plus: AP news agency would be the first permanent Western-run photo and text bureau ever to operate in the North Korean capital and 100,000 reasons to buy an iPad. Breaking bits from our news-obsessed editors, updated all day.

Twitter Milestone. No wonder Obama's planning a townhall on Twitter. In January of 2009, users sent 2 million tweets per day. Today? Users are now sending out 200 million a day. That's more than a billion tweets every week, or, according to Twitter's estimate, about 217 years' worth of reading. —AC

—Updated 4:00 p.m. EST

Next-gen Townhall. As revealed, fittingly, with a tweet, the very first Twitter-enabled townhall chat with President Obama will happen on July 7th at 2 p.m. ET. What we really want to know, though, is will the pres use his very own finger on the keyboard? —KE

—Updated 12:20 p.m. EST

Il Communication. The Associated Press announced today an agreement with the Korea Central News Agency that would allow it to pen a news bureau in Pyongyang—"the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean Capital," according to AP's statement. A second agreement covers "journalistic and photo/video technology issues, including a joint photo exhibition by the two agencies in New York next year." —TG

—Updated 11:13 a.m. EST

iPad App Count Passes 100,000. That's one hundred thousand reasons Android and webOS tablets may find it hard to make an immediate splash in the tablet market. Since the app count for iPad was 75,000 at the end of March, Apple's been approving nearly 300 per day. Where's the usual fanfare PR, Steve? —KE

—Updated 10:08 a.m. EST

Amazon's Not Feeling California. Because of a recently passed state taxation law in California, which would target online sales like Amazon's, the company has now threatened to sever all ties with its numerous Associates in the state to ensure it has no physical footprint there, thereby dodging the tax. It's a controversial move, and already has created some backlash. —KE

—Updated 08:57 a.m. EST

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Google+ Exposure. Though it's not as severe as the issues that hit Buzz, there seems to be a huge flaw in Google's new social sharing system. Circles are meant to be small, controllable sharing networks between friends or colleagues, but if you publish, say, a personal photo to your friends then they can share the image with any of their contacts even if you don't know them. There's a setting to seal off re-sharing, but it's off by default and you can only activate it after uploading something. —KE

MySpace, With J Timb Aboard, To Be What "It Was Supposed To Be". MySpace's new boss, Specific Media's CEO Tim Vanderhook, has spoken up about what the future will be like. For starters, there'll be no CEO, and instead just a general manager who'll look after the community while Specific looks after the ad management. Justin Timberlake is no figurehead either—he'll have an active role, and an office...though he's expected not to be there often. And the overall aim is to make MySpace into what it should've been—"a true home for content creators and artists."—KE

Apple In Amazon's Grill. According to Wintek, a Chinese firm behind many a touchscreen device—including Apple's iPad—its production schedule is already filling up for the end of the year, and it may be "difficult" to meet orders from Amazon in addition to others. Other makers, such as TPK, have also been reported as being reluctant to press their production lines for Amazon. Since the number of suppliers of large glass touchpanels is pretty small, this means Apple is indirectly squeezing Amazon well before it even enters the tablet game.—KE

Music Labels Can Slash Finnish Net Connection (No, Not Talking About G N' R's Guitarist). Music labels have achieved the kind of coup in Finland that will horrify anyone with a notion of free use of the Net—they've pressed the courts to permit summary disconnections of file sharers, without any "three strikes" warnings, and even if the Net subscriber isn't the infringing party. Harsh! —KE

—Updated 06:40 a.m. EST

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  • Ralph Haygood

    As a commenter on the post at the Financial Times points out, this "huge flaw" in Google+ really isn't much of a flaw. If you share something with people using the web, there's practically no way you can prevent them from passing it on if they want to. That personal photo you're so worried about? All they have to do is control-click it and choose "Save image as...", and they've got a copy they can email, tweet, etc. ad lib. And I suspect, after all these years, most web users are aware of this possibility.

    If you're sharing with people you can't trust to respect your privacy when they can violate it with Google+, what makes you think you can trust them with control-click plus email, Twitter, etc.? And by the way, why are you sharing with such people? If you're especially concerned about a particular item, share it with an explicit request not to pass it on. If you can't trust people to honor such a request, I think you shouldn't be sharing with them.

    No, I don't work for Google, nor do I own Google stock, nor do I otherwise feel any compulsion to defend them. I just find it silly to call this a "huge flaw."