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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

Unraveling the Legal Battle: Ex-OpenSea Executive Appeals Conviction for NFT Scheme

Nathaniel Chastain, the former OpenSea executive convicted of fraud and money laundering, is seeking to overturn his conviction based on the argument that the insider information he used to profit from NFT trading was not the property of OpenSea. In a recent brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Chastain's attorneys contended that the information about which NFT collections he planned to feature on the marketplace's homepage was not of particular value to OpenSea and therefore should not be considered the company's property. Here are the key points from the case:

  • Chastain's attorneys argued that the information he used for personal gain was not a cost to OpenSea, as the company did not suffer any financial harm from his actions.
  • The prosecution's case hinged on proving that the insider information Chastain utilized was OpenSea's property, which they maintain was not the case.
  • Chastain's scheme involved purchasing NFTs to feature on OpenSea's homepage, driving up demand, and then selling them for a profit once they sold out.
  • Despite not disputing Chastain's actions or labeling them as ethical, his attorneys emphasized that the information he used did not come at a cost to OpenSea.

The crux of the matter lies in the interpretation of whether the information Chastain leveraged for personal enrichment constituted OpenSea's property. Chastain's legal team aims to demonstrate that his conduct, while potentially unethical, did not equate to wire fraud as the information in question did not belong to the company. This case raises intriguing questions about the evolving legal landscape surrounding digital assets and the responsibilities of executives in handling sensitive information.


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