When Amazon released its third-quarter earnings last week, some stock analysts were dismayed by the amount of spending that took the shine off the company's otherwise fine overall revenue. At least when it comes to infrastructure, though, Amazon, like all web-based businesses, has to spend money now to ensure it can make even more later on. That rule might be doubly true for Amazon's position as a cloud-computing provider, because that business requires having enough capacity to serve untold numbers of users at any given time. And going by the numbers, we're already starting to see the fruits of Amazon's labor on that front.
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