AUSTIN, Texas — The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an informal investigation into the Yahoo! message board posts written by John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer, Whole Foods Markets, based here. In addition, Whole Foods said last week that its board of directors has formed a special committee to investigate the Web posts, which Mackey wrote over an eight-year span using a pseudonym, “rahodeb,” an anagram of Deborah, his wife's name. The board has retained ...

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