Japan may soon issue a state backed digital currency, and Vitalik defends a man who was trying to bring crypto knowledge to North Korea, let’s state the show! Welcome back to crypto global news, please make sure you like share and subscribe to the show. Also, we have a brand new website – jump over to cryptognt.com and have a look, we have all the latest news from the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. You can find a link to our site in the show notes below. Enjoy today’s episode. Bitcoin’s (BTC) 2020 block reward halving continues to generate mixed opinions regarding price performance, one analyst has suggested that its impact will be next to nothing. In recent days Jason Williams, co-founder at digital asset fund Morgan Creek Digital, said that unlike many others, he believed markets would not move as a result of the halving next May. If this is true, what is the future for the price of bitcoin? Unknown hackers have attempted to launch a second 51% attack on Vertcoin (VTC) but ended up losing in the long run. As Vertcoin’s lead maintainer James Lovejoy revealed in a report on the attack on Dec. 2, a malicious entity targeted cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex to manipulate the Vertcoin blockchain. How will this action affect the public view of Vertcoin? Just a reminder, we have a brand new website – jump over to cryptognt.com and have a look, we have all the latest news from the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. You can find a link to our site in the show notes below. And now, back to today’s episode. Bluzelle, which is a distributed key-value store edge caching service providing high-performance and high availability, has said it will be pushing back its ‘Curie’ main net launch to the end of March 2020. This is being done to integrate the interoperable cross-blockchain Cosmos network. The integration of Cosmos enables Bluzelle to expand from database offerings to data services. The Bluzelle team will be able to offer solutions around data wallets, data feeds, and data oracles. What is the future for this platform? The idea of a state-backed digital currency has recently gained massive attention from countries across the world, most notably China. Japan is also on the same path. A recent report released by the Bank of Japan discussed various legal issues surrounding a Central bank digital currency and the prospect of legally issuing a digital currency in the country. The aforementioned research came as a surprise to the community as earlier this year, the Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor had revealed that the bank had no plans to launch a Central bank digital currency. If this does happen, what does this mean for Japan and the countries that do not follow suit? Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has declared his solidarity with Virgil Griffith, the American citizen who was recently arrested for his blockchain educational activities in North Korea. In recent days Vitalik shared a link to a blog post written by blockchain firm CEO Enrico Talin, which had appealed directly to the Ethereum co-founder to start a petition in support of Griffith. How will the American government react and will Virgil spend some serious time in prison? Many thanks for tuning into today’s episode, please make sure you like share and subscribe to the show, and don’t forget to check out our new website and cryptognt.com This is where you can find all of the latest on blockchain and cryptocurrency. You can find a link to our website in the show notes below. For crypto global news I am Edward, until next time, you take it easy.