IBTimes Digest: What Leads a Soldier to Desert?

Bowe Bergdahl
A billboard calling for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan Jeff T. Green/Reuters

1. What Leads A Soldier To Desert?

As debate rages over whether Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post, others among the estimated 59,000 soldiers who went AWOL during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars explain their motivations.

2. The Rise of Twitch Exposes Holes in Copyright Law

videogame Twitch.tv, a service that allows users to watch other users play video games, is one of the fastest-growing sites on the Web in terms of bandwidth. Reuters Reuters

The new frontier in online gaming is watching other people play. And Twitch, the leading esports platform, has achieved critical mass before the legality of its operation has been established. "At this point, it's still a bit of a Wild West."

3. How To Block a Bunch of  'Glassholes'

Google Glass Google made a wearables-etiquette declaration following widespread 'Glasshole' backlash Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Google’s Glass headset computer continues to draw critics, as people disturbed by the wearable’s ability to take hands-free photos and video look to block its use in public. One new solution developed by a German artist: a program that can detect and kick “Glassholes” off of Wi-Fi networks.

4. Silence At The World Cup: FIFA Bans Vuvuzelas (And iPads)

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World Cup organizers in Brazil may be faced with unfinished stadiums and airports, but at least they’ll have peace and quiet. FIFA, the world soccer authority, has banned from stadiums the vuvuzelas, the ubiquitous plastic trumpets that turned the 2010 cup in South Africa into a nonstop racket. And while they were at it, they also banned iPads -- and flour.

5. How A South African Mining Strike Could Affect Jewelry Stores

303583-south-african-mine-strikes Mineworkers take part in a march on Monday at Lonmin's Marikana mine, in South Africa's North West Province. Reuters

An historic mining strike has crippled the South African economy and is starting to affect global precious metal prices as producer stockpiles dwindle. What will that mean for general consumers? A lot of money out of pocket, apparently.