The Daily Startup: Square, Match Advance in Trading Openers

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The venture capital sector was shown a sign the door may be open to tech IPOs. Widely watched Jack Dorsey-founded payments startup Square finished trading higher while Match Group also advanced in its trading debut, report The Wall Street Journal’s Telis Demos and Corrie Driebusch. The market reception, which comes after pricing below or at the low end of expectations, is a bright point in an otherwise lackluster year for public offerings. The IPOs comes as email security startup Mimecast also staged a positive first day, on the Nasdaq , and ended the day edging slightly higher than its price, reports Deborah Gage for The Wall Street Journal.

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Massachusetts Moves to Restrict Daily Fantasy Games to Players 21 and Older. The Massachusetts’ attorney general wants to ban anyone younger than 21 from playing daily fantasy sports and impose a host of regulations on the industry. The announcement, made by state Attorney General Maura Healey, stopped short of declaring the games illegal. Massachusetts will not follow the lead of New York Attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who  this week declared daily fantasy “plainly illegal” and filed suit to shut providers down in the state, reports The Wall Street Journal’s Sharon Terlep.

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