Editorial team looks at Google’s quantum computing experiments and transatlantic data transfers

This week on White Space, we talk about the news that Global Switch could sell half of the stake in the business to a Chinese consortium for £5 billion ($6.7 billion) - some British politicians are apparently concerned about security implications of the deal.

We’ve also found out about an upcoming data center in Texas, being built by Data Foundry, after receiving a tip from property website BuildZoom.

Google has been making advances in quantum computing, and it looks like we are finally getting some ‘true’ qubits, rather than those dirty qubits produced by D-Wave.

We’ve published worrying stats about the uptake of the EU-US Privacy Shield – to put it bluntly, there’s less confidence in the latest data transfer framework than its predecessor – and no one was really that confident in Safe Harbor.

Facebook has opened its own interoperability lab to third parties – which means any software vendor can now go and test its products on real-world Open Compute kit that’s already being used by the social networking giant.

And finally, German connector specialist Harting and its Japanese counterpart Hirose have agreed to cooperate on the development of a miniature Ethernet jack – intended primarily for the Internet of Things.