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Summary:

Google spend a little less on infrastructure during the fourth quarter than during the third quarter, but it still spent a lot. Like $2.25 billion a lot.

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Google spent $2.25 billion on infrastructure in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the numbers in the earnings report it released on Thursday. That’s down ever so slightly from the $2.29 billion it spent during the third quarter, but still significantly higher than its web peers and more twice its own expenditure year-over-over.

However, as we always say around Google earnings time, building — and evolving — the kind of digital empire Google has created takes a lot of computers and a lot of money.

  1. it’s cheaper to build them now than later.

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  2. rottenbittenfruit Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Google is spending money to make more money. Google’s in it for the long term and I’ll bet Youtube eats up lots of resources.

    Apple needs to follow Google example of constantly expanding before the actual need arises. Keeping boatloads of reserve cash in a bank collecting 1% interest is just plain stupid. At least try a few other things. Not every project turns out successful but maybe some will. It shows potential investors that at least a company is trying. Letting useful money just languish in some bank shows no initiative at all. I know Apple is doing fairly well but they don’t seem interested in going that extra mile to lure investors and satisfy shareholders.

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