Google’s data center spending down slightly, but still crazy high

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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.

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