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 current models of the iPhone have a better resale value than do various versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, says analyst Gene Munster.
China's e-commerce giant says selling the virtual currency will be banned on its site "in the interest of consumer protection."
The retail giant has been accused of offering counterfeit books through third-party sellers in China, says Chinese news site Sina Tech.
Canonical, which runs Ubuntu, is working with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on the project.
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.
If the next iPhone has entered production -- as a Japanese blog claims -- that would make a release in the coming months pretty likely.
Yahoo and Softbank will remain Alibaba shareholders, but the Alipay settlement is designed so the three companies participate in future gains.
iTunes gift cards have been pirated, and China's biggest C2C online shopping site, Taobao, is the platform used to sell the cards.