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Today's Tech: Samsung's Android dominance threatens Google, YouTube snags one billion users, Twitter celebrates seventh birthday

Samsung has become a force to be reckoned with in the mobile market. With its Samsung Galaxy devices, it is outselling not just other Android OEMs, but even beating Apple at various times. Its power is so great that even Google is beginning to worry that it may be losing control of its operating system. The result is a precarious scenario in which Google’s ongoing Android development could become an enterprise geared toward supporting Samsung (opens in new tab), possibly to the detriment of other Android OEMs – including Google’s own Motorola division. Follow the link to find out what this could mean for the Android brand.

Speaking of Google, the search giant has officially launched Keep, a note-taking app available both on the web and for Android devices (opens in new tab). "With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what's important to you," Google said in a blog post. "Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand." Read on for details about the brand-new service, which is poised to take on the likes of Evernote.

Thursday proved to be a bit of a landmark day in the world of social media. Following on from its patent success, Twitter celebrated its seventh birthday today (opens in new tab), releasing a greatest hits video that pointed to some of its major achievements. The microblogging platform's passing of the 200 million monthly unique user milestone is small fry stuff, though, compared to YouTube's latest achievement - the Google-owned video-sharing site announced that it has reached the one billion user mark (opens in new tab). To put that into perspective, YouTube would be the world's third largest country after China and India if its viewership were a geographic entity - and we're sure there would be no shortage of takers for the title of Supreme Leader of Omgcutecatland.

A radical new security proposal, borne out of Gartner's 'Maverick Research' programme (opens in new tab), has challenged the traditional mindset of IT administrators by suggesting that killing off security controls and placing more trust in the employee can actually reduce overall risk. ITProPortal was at Gartner's industry summit in London last week to hear about the strategy first hand, and while it raised a few eyebrows in the audience, its proponents were adamant enterprises could benefit from adopting the approach. Read on for our take on it.