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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

Legal Battle Unveiled: Coinbase vs. SEC - Potential Win for Crypto Exchange

Coinbase appears to be gaining ground in its legal battle against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with legal experts suggesting the crypto exchange has a strong chance of success. Bloomberg's Senior Litigation Analyst Elliot Z. Stein recently expressed optimism regarding Coinbase's motion to dismiss all claims made by the SEC, giving the company a 70% likelihood of securing victory after a single court hearing. The case, filed in June, challenges the SEC's classification of tokens involved in the lawsuit as investment contracts, arguing that they do not meet the criteria to be considered securities. Here are some key points highlighting Coinbase's potential legal win:

Coinbase's Argument:

  • Coinbase's motion contends that the tokens in question do not meet the definition of an investment contract.
  • They argue that these tokens do not constitute securities, nor does Coinbase operate as an unregistered securities exchange.
  • The company's definition of an investment contract focuses on purchasing a stake in a business rather than just an ecosystem, which could exempt Coinbase's activities from SEC oversight.

Legal Analysis:

  • Judge Katherine Polk Failla's interest in defining an "investment contract" without encompassing harmless items like Beanie Babies indicates a critical stance.
  • Elliot Z. Stein finds Coinbase's argument more persuasive, suggesting that it aligns with a stricter standard requiring investors to buy into a business.
  • Even if the case progresses to the Supreme Court, it is anticipated that the interpretation of the Howey Test would be narrowed, potentially favoring Coinbase's position.

The Howey Test:

  • The Howey Test, a legal standard from the 1940s, establishes criteria for identifying investment contracts.
  • To be considered an investment contract, an asset must involve an investment of money in a common enterprise with an expectation of profits based on the efforts of others.
  • While the SEC can regulate collectibles under the Howey Test, it has historically chosen not to do so, as noted by legal experts.

In light of these developments, Coinbase's legal strategy and the nuances of the Howey Test could potentially pave the way for a favorable outcome in its legal dispute with the SEC. The implications of this case extend beyond the immediate verdict, as it may influence the regulatory landscape for crypto exchanges and token offerings moving forward.


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