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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

EU's Anti Money Laundering Package: Impact on Crypto Firms' Due Diligence

The EU Council and Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on aspects of an anti-money laundering (AML) package that will impact the crypto sector. This agreement will enforce stricter due diligence requirements on crypto firms, aiming to enhance transparency and combat illicit financial activities. Here are the key points of the provisional agreement:

Stricter Due Diligence Requirements

  • Crypto asset service providers (CASPs) will need to conduct due diligence on customers involved in transactions of €1,000 or more.
  • Enhanced due diligence will be required for cross-border correspondent relationships to mitigate risks.
  • Businesses must identify and verify individuals conducting occasional cash transactions between €3,000 and €10,000.

Measures to Mitigate Risks

  • The rules will address risks related to transactions with self-hosted wallets.
  • An EU-wide maximum limit of €10,000 for cash payments aims to deter money laundering activities.

This provisional agreement is part of the EU's sixth Anti Money Laundering directive and the EU single rulebook regulation. Lead MEP Luděk Niedermayer highlighted the importance of closing existing loopholes and ensuring quick and effective data processing in the digital age. If approved by the European Parliament, these rules will be formally adopted and published in the EU's Official Journal. The ongoing efforts to regulate the crypto sector, including the recent Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) legislation, demonstrate the EU's commitment to establishing a unified regulatory framework across its member states.

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