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The Chinese e-commerce giant has joined forces with the Motion Picture Association to curb the sale of counterfeit products.
Opportunistic vendors on China's Taobao e-commerce service are selling preorders for Apple's iPhone 5 that range from a $160 deposit to a full, $1,100 payment for the device.
The Chinese e-commerce giant will use its 10 percent stake to tap into the Singapore national postal service's regional infrastructure.
As many as 50,000 illegally obtained iTunes accounts were sold on Taobao, China's biggest consumer auction site, according to a Beijing-based newspaper.
Apple's next iPhone hasn't been announced, but that reportedly isn't stopping online sellers from taking preorders in China.
iTunes gift cards have been pirated, and China's biggest C2C online shopping site, Taobao, is the platform used to sell the cards.
CNET breaks down Alibaba's sprawling e-commerce empire and explains why everyone's been talking about the Chinese company's initial public offering.
Lately, alleged iPhone 6 "dummy units" have been all over the Internet. If you're growing sick of all the iPhone 6 leaks and rumors, you can buy one and come up with your own.
The current models of the iPhone have a better resale value than do various versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, says analyst Gene Munster.
The deal comes ahead of the Alibaba's IPO and may have a price tag higher than Baidu's $1.9 billion acquisition of mobile app store 91 Wireless.