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Superpoke! Facebook Chooses N.C. for $450M Data Center

Add Facebook to the list of tech titans building data centers in North Carolina. The social networking phenom today said it plans to build a $450 million data center in Rutherford County, N.C.–about 65 miles west of Charlotte.

Facebook will get $1.4 million in incentives from Rutherford County plus an economic development grant that could top out at $10 million if it meets certain goals. Construction will provide about 250 jobs for 18 months or so. Once up and running, the data center will employ 42 people.

Facebook’s is the latest of several high-profile data center efforts located in North Carolina. Google opened its data center in Lenoir back in 2008. And as I reported here last month, Apple is considering doubling the size of its Maiden data center operations.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik