Tech workers in New York are in greater demand than those in other sectors. Reports from Dice and Pace University show employers are struggling to face a number of IT positions. The New York-New Jersey area has more jobs posted on Dice than any other metro region - 8,200. Meanwhile, the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index increased 47 percent during the second quarter, from 74 to 110. That's the largest quarterly increase since the index was started in 2004. [Crain's New York Business]

Employees, not IT departments, increasingly dictate which devices and applications companies use. A survey by EMC's RSA division found 20 percent of the businesses polled allow users to suggest which smartphones to buy. On top of that, IT departments are faced with the challenge of planning for products that were designed for consumer use. [NetworkWorld]

No matter what their company's policies, 50 percent of employees are ignoring them to play social media games, and 27 percent are reconfiguring the settings of corporate devices in order to do it, says Cisco's 2010 Midyear Security Report. [Mashable]

R&D spending in Silicon Valley rose 13 percent in the latest quarter from the previous year, the fastest pace in two years, according to Bloomberg. Some companies took advantage of the economic slowdown to develop new products so they'd be ready for the recovery. Others spent the money to keep from falling behind. Cadence Design Systems, Electronic Arts and Synopsys led the way, spending at least 32 percent of sales on R&D over the past year. [Bloomberg]

Google and Microsoft are angling to provide 15,000 e-mail accounts to the U.S. General Services Administration. Last week, the GSA certified that Google Apps meets the security requirements necessary for its adoption, and Microsoft says it expects to receive certification soon for a Web-based version of Exchange. GSA purchasing decisions have a strong influence over those of other federal departments. [WSJ]

Once a week, groups are meeting in New York, San Francisco and Boston to work in self-imposed overnight shifts. In New York, the group of software developers, entrepreneurs and freelancers meets beginning at 10 each Tuesday night to "get inspired, meet new people, and get work done," in the words of one participant. [NY Times]

Tennessee-based record label and distributor Naxos Global is moving back-office jobs from the Philippines to its Franklin headquarters. At least six to eight local IT jobs will be created. [Nashville Post]

-- Mark Feffer