Jinri Toutiao parent company Bytedance is recruiting employees from embattled Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan, shortly after licensing its patents amid the content giant’s push into online education.

Rumors of Smartisan employees being asked to sign new contracts with Bytedance have circulated on the Chinese internet since Tuesday. According to Jiemian (in Chinese), dozens of staff members were given contracts at Smartisans Beijing headquarters with Welcome to Bytedance on the cover.

Employees were reportedly asked to abandon equities and annual leave, among other benefits, they had at Smartisan. Human resource personnel from Bytedance have also reportedly been resident at Smartisans Beijing office recently.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen