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Peer-to-peer cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been growing in profile in recent months, but what you may not know is that the technology behind it is open-source, making it relatively easy for people to launch alternative digital currencies. Now there’s one based on Kanye West, which sounds like an internet joke. Vice claims otherwise. “We’re really not sure how Kanye is gonna react to this. We hope he loves it, but if he doesn’t, he really isn’t someone we want to piss off,” the anonymous founder told Vice. “Coinye West is a cryptocurrency for the masses… Our goal with Coinye West is to make it easier for people to use cryptocurrency. Right now, it’s kind of a dark art for people to mine coins. We plan on releasing a front end to the “mining” programs called CoinyeMiner. It will make things a lot more simple and people will be able to make their own coins.” Given the source, this could still be a Vice-powered wind-up, mind.

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