A Google data center in Oklahoma is shown. Google recently slashed prices for its cloud services; Amazon responded by cutting its cloud prices. Connie Zhou/AP hide caption

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MidAmerican Energy's wind farm in Adair, Iowa. Facebook is working with MidAmerican to build a similar wind farm near Wellsburg, Iowa, where it will help power Facebook's planned data center. Courtesy of MidAmerican Energy hide caption

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Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, houses servers in over 115,000 square feet of space. Connie Zhou/Google hide caption

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It only took an hour for Mat Honan's digital life to be destroyed as his accounts were compromised. Ariel Zambelich/Wired; Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired hide caption

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