Launched in July 2002, the Amazon Web Services platform exposes technology and product data from Amazon and its affiliates, enabling developers to build innovative and entrepreneurial applications on their own. More than 150,000 developers have signed up to use Amazon Web Services since its inception. Applications built using Amazon Web Services range from podcast transcription services and marketplaces for web site advertising space to enhanced sites that advertise Amazon products from Amazon sites and integrated solutions for retailers selling merchandise on Amazon sites. Developers make money by selling the applications they build, charging for the services they offer, or generating referral fees from the Associates sites they build. Amazon Web Services is a division of Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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