PODCAST: FDA wants answers about antibacterial soap

The FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.

Flu season is in full swing and as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays, we’re all trying our remedies of choice to avoid getting sick. A lot of people use antibacterial hand soap to help stay flu-free. But now, the Food and Drug Administration is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.

In today's tech world -- alongside the tales of the newly-minted, young male billionaire entrepreneurs -- another narrative is emerging: the comparative absence of women. Up to 90 percent of the engineering teams at start-ups are men. Some women in the Valley are trying to engineer some change.

The Beatles have a new release out today on iTunes -- "new" in the sense that these are recordings that have never been sold commercially. There are 59 songs including some outtakes from BBC and studio sessions and a few demos from 1963. The reason for the release has more to do with copyright law than demand.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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