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Netflix will expand into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015, says the online streaming service. New Zealand and Australia would bring the number of countries and territories enjoying Netflix service to more than 50. Netflix is available to members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the U.K. and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Bloc, an online bootcamp for software development and design, has raised a $6 million Series A investment led by Shasta Ventures, bringing the total company funding to $8.5 million. Founded in 2012 by Roshan Choxi and Dave Paola, Bloc previously received a $2.5 million seed investment from Harrison Metal, Baseline Ventures, Learn Capital, and First Round Capital.

Japanese mobile games company KLab has inked a licensing agreement with Fox Digital Entertainment to develop a mobile game based on the television series Glee. The company will produce a free-to-play rhythm game featuring characters and songs from the musical comedy series. The game will be released in the first half of 2015 on iOS and Android.

More than 500 million people are using Messenger each month, says the social networking giant. Messenger is Facebook’s instant messaging app, which was also the company’s first standalone app launched in 2011. The company made it mandatory for users to download Messenger to send and receive messages on Facebook, in July this year. Facebook also owns messaging apps WhatsApp,which the company acquired in February this year.

The Economist has launched The Economist Espresso, the first daily edition in the publication’s 171-year history. The Economist Espresso, available as an Android and iOS app, will be updated daily each weekday morning in three editions for the Americas, Europe and Asia, says the media giant. Access to the app’s content is free for the first 30-days, and will cost $3.95 a month. Readers can access one article a day without paying.